Aucoin retires

Defenceman calls it a career at 40


Drafted by Vancouver, Aucoin (right) won silver at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer in 1994. Photo: HHOF-IIHF Images

Adrian Aucoin announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 17 seasons.

He played for Canada at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, winning a silver medal, and won gold at the 1993 U20 World Championship.

Drafted in the fifth round (117th overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks, he appeared in a total of 1,108 NHL games, recording 121 goals, 278 assists and 399 points.

Aucoin played for seven different NHL clubs over the course of his career including the Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“Having the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NHL, and being able to have played professional hockey for 20 seasons, has been an incredible experience,” said Aucoin, 40. “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. Thanks to my family, teammates, friends, fans and everyone in the hockey community who helped me in my career. I will look back on it with fondness and pride for the rest of my life.”



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