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Adrian Aucoin has retired

Nov 19, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

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Adrian Aucoin has retired. The 40-year-old defenseman who played over 1,000 NHL games for Vancouver, Tampa Bay, New York (Islanders), Chicago, Calgary, Phoenix, and Columbus made the announcement today via an NHLPA press release.

“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. “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.”

Aucoin never won a Stanley Cup; most of the teams he played for weren’t championship contenders. But he did experience a good postseason run in 2012 with the Phoenix Coyotes, who made it all the way to the Western Conference Final.

And as noted in the press release, at least he can say he scored his first career NHL goal on his first shot in his first regular-season game on May 3, 1995.

All in all, a pretty good career for a guy chosen 117th overall in 1992.

  1. kingcobraman - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    enjoy your retirement I remember your 20 goal season in Vancouver, which gave you respect and longevity in the NHL…

  2. wmsshapiro - Nov 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I remember he had a terrific shot at the point and the goalie couldn’t handle the rebound and it became a POWER PLAY Goal for the Islanders . He some player we’ll all miss him. Hopefully he will be a coach somewhere to teach that great shot. See you in the Hall of Fame you deserve it. As the broadcaster say, “What a shot by Aucoin on the point it lead the team to victory” SCORE

    • jpelle82 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      is 1100 games and 400 pts good enough to make it into the hof as a defenseman? i think of guys like coffey and bourque when i think of hof defensemen but if langway or fetisov can make it, so can aucoin i guess if you’re just looking at the numbers. would be an interesting debate, a plus career player, huge shot, reliable defensively, consistent, leader, tenure in the league, all in his favor. either way, solid career, a true journeyman, and an all around good d-man.

      • lowenni - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

        How does Rod Langway making it into the HOF mean Aucoin can? Langway is possibly the best defensive defenseman ever, if he’s the standard then Aucoin is not HOF-bound

      • jpelle82 - Nov 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM

        thats pretty much what i was saying in a nice way. he has similar numbers to what you would consider a defensive defenseman should have but he was not in the elite defensive defenseman class, reliable but not a shutdown guy who makes it because of his defensive ability. langway had 1000 games and 350 points, 1100 and 400 for aucoin. fetisov had 550 games and 230 points, similar pace but better defensively. if youre comparing his numbers, aucoin would have had to be stellar defensively by these standards to be considered. thats why i said if you are just looking at the numbers, he has similar numbers to guys that are in already. defensive prowess is subjective though, a caps fan surely would think langway was the best defensive player ever just like a devils fan would make an argument for stevens – its subjective, an objective argument would be derived by looking at the numbers.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Um, while few would object to him being in the Hall of Very Good Players, I do doubt he’ll need to craft a Hall of Fame speech. He was good, but was not one of the dominant players of his era.

    • stcrowe - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      I don’t see him getting in the HOF. Great career, but he was never a star per se. He was above average for many years, but not a star. Longevity isn’t enough. However, he has every right to be proud of his career. He was an able and clean player.

  3. jpat2424 - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Later days

  4. arrooo - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    My favorite player with the isles. I gave up my season tickets when they let him go. Boy, did he save me a bundle!

  5. muckleflugga - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    clean player…

    are you kidding me, did you actually see him play?

    another in a long line of slow-footed defensemen who always arrive in time to hack, cross-check, body slam and generally bully the players while their goalie digs the puck out of the net

    cut from the same cloth as the recently sainted adam foote

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