Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Former Boston U. Blueliner Aucoin Retires

Former Boston University blueliner and 17-year NHL defenseman Adrian Aucoin has called it a career, according to the Windsor Star.

Aucoin, an Ottawa native, played at B.U. during the 1991-92 campaign, registering two goals and 12 points in 33 games in helping the Terriers to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to Michigan State in the first round in the East Regional. A fifth-round draft choice by the Vancouver Canucks that summer, Aucoin played two seasons with the Canadian National Team, winning a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter games in Norway, and also saw stints in the AHL with Hamilton and Syracuse.

The 6'2", 213-lb. rearguard made his NHL debut in 1994-95, scoring his first goal in his first game with the Canucks. The next year he was in the league for good, and he also went onto play with Tampa Bay, the New York Islanders, Chicago, Calgary and Phoenix in his tenure.

Known for his shot from the point, Aucoin's best offensive campaign came in 2003-04 with the Islanders, when he recorded 13-31—44 points in 81 contests, and was also a plus-29. His last NHL action came last season, when he collected four assists in 36 outings with Columbus.

All told, Aucoin, 40, finished with 121-278—399 points and 793 penalty-minutes in 1,108 NHL regular-season appearances, and added six goals and 21 points in 62 Stanley Cup Playoff skates.

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