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Adrian Aucoin
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Born July 3, 1973 (1973-07-03) (age 45)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 208 lb (94 kg; 14 st 12 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames
Arizona Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 117th overall, 1992
Vancouver Canucks
Playing career 1994–2013

Adrian Aucoin (born Adrian Mark Aucoin on July 3, 1973) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman.

He most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Adrian was drafted 117th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, making his NHL debut in the 1994-95 NHL season, playing one game with Vancouver.

With the Canucks, he 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 3 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, Adrian also led all defencemen in shorthanded goals (2) and game-winning goals (3). However, after one and half seasons, his offensive production dropped to the point where he had only 3 goals through 47 games in 2000–01.

On February 7, 2001, Adrian (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 for Mathieu Biron and a second-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

With the Islanders, Adrian 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, Adrian represented Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elitserien during the NHL lockout. Once NHL play resumed, he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 2, 2005 for four years, and even became the team captain.

However, the first two seasons of Adrian's contract were hampered by injuries, and in the off-season prior to the 2007–08 campaign, he waived his no-trade clause and was sent with a seventh-round draft pick to the Calgary Flames for defencemen Andrei Zyuzin and Steve Marr.

In his first season with Calgary, he recorded the fifth 30-point season of his career in 2007–08 with 35 points and recorded his sixth 30-point season in the 2008–09 season with 34 points.

In the summer of 2009, Adrian signed a free agent deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. There he helped the Coyotes win the Pacific Division in 2012 where the team also got to the Western Conference finals.

After three seasons with the Coyotes, Adrian 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, he served as an alternate captain with the Blue Jackets. In 36 games, he totalled just 4 assists, but he added a needed veteran presence at the blue line.

On November 19, 2013, Adrian announced his retirement and began with the Chicago Blackhawks’ young defensive prospects.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Nepean Raiders CJHL 54 2 14 16 95 4 0 1 1
1990–91 Nepean Raiders CJHL 56 17 33 50 125 17 8 17 25 14
1991–92 Boston University HE 33 2 10 12 62
1992–93 Canadian National Team Intl 42 8 10 18 71
1993–94 Canadian National Team Intl 63 5 12 17 82
1993–94 Hamilton Canucks AHL 13 1 2 3 19 4 0 2 2 6
1994–95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 71 13 18 31 52
1994–95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 1 0 1 0 4 1 0 1 0
1995–96 Syracuse Crunch AHL 29 5 13 18 47
1995–96 Vancouver Canucks NHL 49 4 14 18 34 6 0 0 0 2
1996–97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 5 16 21 63
1997–98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 35 3 3 6 21
1998–99 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 23 11 34 77
1999–00 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 10 14 24 30
2000–01 Vancouver Canucks NHL 47 3 13 16 20
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
2004–05 Modo SEL 14 2 4 6 32 6 1 0 1 16
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 33 1 5 6 38
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 59 4 12 16 50
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 76 10 25 35 37 7 0 3 3 4
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 81 10 24 34 46 6 2 1 3 2
2009–10 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 82 8 20 28 56 7 0 2 2 10
2010–11 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 75 3 19 22 52 4 0 0 0 2
2011–12 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 64 2 7 9 42 11 0 2 2 10
2012–13 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 36 0 4 4 16
NHL totals 1108 121 278 399 793 62 6 15 21 44

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Canada WJC 7 0 1 1 8
1994 Canada OG 4 0 0 0 2
2000 Canada WC 9 3 3 6 14
Junior int'l totals 7 0 1 1 8
Senior int'l totals 13 3 3 6 16

AccoladesEdit

  • Babe Pratt Trophy (Vancouver Canucks' best defenceman): 1999
  • Selected to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game
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