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Aucoin to Play 1,000th NHL Game on Sunday

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Saturday, March 19, 2011

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Adrian Aucoin will play in his 1,000th career NHL game this Sunday afternoon (March 20) versus the Chicago Blackhawks at Arena.

Adrian Aucoin
Aucoin will become only the 264th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 game milestone. Active players to hit the 1,000-game mark previously this season are the Coyotes' Ed Jovanovski (Dec. 26, 2010), San Jose's Patrick Marleau, Dallas' Jamie Langenbrunner, Minnesota's Andrew Brunette, Carolina's Cory Stillman, Detroit's Todd Bertuzzi, Ottawa's Sergei Gonchar, Buffalo's Mike Grier and Los Angeles' Ryan Smyth.

“On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, I would like to congratulate Adrian on reaching this significant milestone,” said Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney. “Adrian is a true professional who is respected by all his teammates and we appreciate his dedication to the Coyotes and his commitment to the game of hockey.”

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Aucoin was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks (fifth-round, 117th overall) in the 1992 Entry Draft. In16 NHL seasons with the Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames and Coyotes, the 37-year-old native of Ottawa, Ontario has recorded 119-267-386, 733 penalty minutes and a plus-minus rating of plus-44 in 999 career NHL games. Aucoin has also played in 47 career playoff games registering 6-13-19 and 32 penalty minutes.

His best season came during the 2003-04 campaign with the Islanders when Aucoin set career-highs in assists (31) and points (44). He was selected to play in the 2004 NHL All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference and shared the hardest shot competition title with Sheldon Souray of the Montreal Canadiens with a 102.2 mph blast. Aucoin scored the first goal of the game in a 6-4 win over the Western Conference.

In 1998-99, he set a career high for goals, broke a Canucks team record and led the entire NHL in goals by a defenseman with 23. His 18 power play goals tied Denis Potvin's all-time single season NHL record for most power play goals by a defenseman (1975-76). In 2005-06, he was named the 32nd captain in Chicago Blackhawks history.

Among active NHL defensemen who have reached the 1,000-game milestone, Aucoin currently ranks eighth in goals (119) behind Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Gonchar, Chris Pronger, Roman Hamrlik, Bryan McCabe, Ed Jovanovski and Zdeno Chara. Aucoin also ranks 16th in assists (267) and 14th in points (386).

In International competition, Aucoin played two seasons (1992-94) with Team Canada’s national program. In 1993, he helped Canada win a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship and in 1994, won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. In 2000, he represented his country at the IIHF World Championship.
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