Today, long time defenceman Adrian Aucoin announced his official retirement from the National Hockey League after an 18 year career.
Aucoin was drafted in the 5th round (117th overall ) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. According to his player stat page on NHL.com, Aucoin’s career totals include: 1,108 games played, 121 goals and 278 assists for a total of 399 points. Aucoin also racked up 793 penalty minutes. A major career highlight of Aucoin occurred during the 1998-1999 season where he tallied 23 goals. This was not only a career high, but it also led all defencemen in scoring that year. Aucoin was known for a booming shot and playing with a nasty edge to his game.
In a statement released by the NHLPA, Aucoin expressed:
I really enjoyed playing with and against some of the best players in the game, and getting the chance to play in front of such great hockey fans.
During his 18 year NHL career, Aucoin put the jersey on for seven different NHL teams including the Canucks, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning and most recently with the Columbus Blue Jackets.