Long time NHL defenseman Adrian Aucoin has announced his retirement and will begin working with the Chicago Blackhawks’ young defensive prospects.
Aucoin was drafted 117th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. 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 for Mathieu Biron and a second-round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Aucoin signed a four year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on August 2, 2005, but after two injury shortened seasons with the squad, he was traded to Calgary for defencemen Andrei Zyuzin and Steve Marr. He would go on to sign with Phoenix in 2009, but 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 totaled just 4 assists, however added a needed veteran presence at the blueline.
Aucoin finishes his career with 1072 total NHL games played, as well as totaling one point shy of 400.
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