July 3, 1973|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)|
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets
117th overall, 1992|
Adrian Mark Aucoin (born July 3, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman. He played over 1,100 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). Aucoin was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but grew up in Gloucester, Ontario.
Aucoin was drafted 117th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, making his NHL debut in 1994–95, playing one game with Vancouver. With the Canucks, Aucoin established himself as a significant offensive threat, specifically on the power play. However, it was not until his fourth full season with the team that this became evident, as he rose from just three goals in 1997–98 to 23 the next season, 18 of which came on the power-play, tying Denis Potvin for the NHL single-season record (broken by Sheldon Souray's 19 powerplay goals in 2006–07). In addition to leading all league defencemen in goals and power-play goals in the 1998–99 NHL season, Aucoin also led all defencemen in shorthanded goals (2) and game-winning goals (3).
However, after one-and-a-half seasons, Aucoin's offensive production dropped to the point where he had only 3 goals through 47 games in 2000–01. On February 7, 2001, Aucoin (along with a second-round pick for the 2001 NHL Entry Draft) was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for goaltender Dan Cloutier. He only played 26 regular-season games for the Lightning before being traded in the off-season with Alexander Kharitonov to the New York Islanders in exchange for Mathieu Biron and a second-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
With the Islanders, Aucoin put up the most consistent offensive numbers of his career, including a career-high 33 assists and 44 points in 2003–04, resulting in him being chosen to play in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference. He shared a victory in the hardest shot competition with Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens with a 102.2 mph blast and scored the first goal of the game in a 6–4 win over the Western Conference.
In 2004–05, he played Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elitserien during the NHL lockout. After NHL play resumed, on August 2, 2005, Aucoin signed a four-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, eventually being named team captain. However, the first two seasons of his contract were hampered by injuries, and in the off-season prior to the 2007–08 campaign, Aucoin waived his no-trade clause and was sent with a seventh-round draft pick to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defencemen Andrei Zyuzin and Steve Marr.
In the summer of 2009, Aucoin, as a free agent, signed a contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. He helped the Coyotes win the Pacific Division in 2012, where they advanced to the Western Conference finals.
After three seasons with the Coyotes, Aucoin left as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 1, 2012. During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, Aucoin served as an alternate captain with the Blue Jackets. In 36 games, he totalled just 4 assists, however added a needed veteran presence at the Blueline. In the summer of 2013, he became an unrestricted free agent.
Regular season and playoffs
|1992–93||Canadian National Team||Intl||42||8||10||18||71||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||Canadian National Team||Intl||63||5||12||17||82||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||26||1||11||12||25||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||81||12||22||34||62||7||2||5||7||4|
|2002–03||New York Islanders||NHL||73||8||27||35||70||5||1||2||3||4|
|2003–04||New York Islanders||NHL||81||13||31||44||54||5||0||0||0||6|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||36||0||4||4||16||—||—||—||—||—|
- Babe Pratt Trophy (Vancouver Canucks' best defenceman): 1999
- Selected to one NHL All-Star Game: 2004
- June 20, 1992 – Drafted 117th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks
- February 7, 2001 – Traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 2nd round draft pick (2001 NHL Entry Draft) for Dan Cloutier
- June 22, 2001 – Traded to the New York Islanders with Alexander Kharitonov for Mathieu Biron and a 2nd round draft pick (2002 NHL Entry Draft)
- August 2, 2005 – Signed a four-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks
- July 1, 2009 – Signed with the Phoenix Coyotes
- July 1, 2012 – Signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets
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- "East vs. West". USA Today. February 8, 2004. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
- Hamilton, Brian (April 12, 2012). "Ex-captain Aucoin knows how good Hawks have it". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on July 10, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
- "Aucoin announces retirement | NHL Hockey | Modesto Bee". Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-19.
- "Adrian Aucoin joins Blackhawks staff". thethirdmanin.com. October 19, 2013. Archived from the original on October 25, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- "Adrian Aucoin announces retirement joins Blackhawks as coach". thehockeyhouse.net. October 19, 2013. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- "Hinsdale resident Kyle Aucoin hopes to follow his father's NHL path". Chicago Tribune. March 7, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Adrian Aucoin at Team Canada
- Adrian Aucoin at Olympics.com
- Adrian Aucoin at Olympic.org (archived)
- Adrian Aucoin at Olympedia
- Adrian Aucoin at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)