Keith Aucoin

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Keith Aucoin
Keith Aucoin 2013-05-09.JPG
With the Islanders during the 2013 playoffs.
Born (1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 35)
Waltham, MA, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Center/Wing
Shoots Right
NLA team
Former teams
HC Ambrì-Piotta
Carolina Hurricanes
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2001–present

Keith Aucoin (born November 6, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey player who currently plays with Swiss club, HC Ambrì-Piotta of the National League A (NLA).

Playing career[edit]

He was raised in Waltham and then Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and attended Chelmsford High School. Aucoin spent four seasons with Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, before turning pro in 2001. Aucoin made his NHL debut during the 2005–06 NHL season with the Carolina Hurricanes. It was at the end of this season that he was a member of the "Black Aces," a group of players kept on the roster as healthy scratches for the Hurricanes' playoff run that ended with the Hurricanes being crowned Stanley Cup champions. Aucoin did not have his name added to the cup, as he did not play in any of the playoff games, but can be seen on the ice during the celebration and did receive a Championship Ring. He can be seen in numerous images from the locker room, including one that included Matt Cullen, Craig Kowalski, Erik Cole, Aucoin, and David Gove. He would go on to play 53 regular season games for the Hurricanes over three seasons, scoring 5 goals and 15 points.

With the Hershey Bears.

On July 3, 2008, Aucoin signed with the Washington Capitals. After attending the Capitals training camp for the 2008–09 season, the Capitals sent Aucoin to their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. Aucoin's presence with Hershey was immediately felt as he won the Reebok Player of the Week honors on 12 October 2008, and then the AHL Player of the Month for October 2008. In his first 20 games of 2008 he scored 8 goals with 21 assists. In December 2008, Aucoin was called up to the NHL with the Capitals, playing in 12 games, scoring 2 goals and assisting on 4. He was released back to the AHL Hershey Bears for the Playoffs where he won the Calder Cup in six games versus the Manitoba Moose.

During the 2009–10 season, Aucoin was re-signed to a two year contract extension on March 8, 2010. In helping the Bears capture a second consecutive Calder Cup, he was awarded the Les Cunningham Award, as the league MVP.[1]

For the 2011–12 season, Aucoin made the Capitals opening night roster due to injuries of other forwards.[2] He played in 27 games for 11 points over the course of the season and was a regular in the playoffs, signifiying his most time spent in the NHL since 2008.

On July 21, 2012, Keith signed a one-year two-way deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.[3] With the intention to bolster the offense of Maple Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, Aucoin was directly assigned to the AHL to start the 2012–13 season. After the resolution of the NHL lockout, Aucoin was recalled to the Maple Leafs training camp. On re-assignment to the Marlies he was claimed off waivers from the New York Islanders on January 17, 2013.[4] Despite the shortened season, Aucoin played his first full season in the NHL. In 41 games he produced 6 goals and 12 points in a checking line role, in helping the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

On July 5, 2013, Keith signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues organization.[5]

On June 13, 2014, after spending the entirety of his career in North America, Aucoin finally accepted the lure of European Hockey in signing an optional two-year deal with Swiss club, HC Ambrì-Piotta of the NLA.[6]

Family[edit]

Keith's younger brother, Phil Aucoin (born 1981), also played professional ice hockey.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Norwich Cadets ECAC East 26 19 14 33 0
1998–99 Norwich Cadets ECAC East 31 33 39 72 0
1999–00 Norwich Cadets ECAC East 31 36 41 77 14
2000–01 Norwich Cadets ECAC East 28 26 30 56 26
2001–02 B.C. Icemen UHL 44 23 35 58 42 10 3 5 8 4
2001–02 Florida Everblades ECHL 1 0 2 2 0
2001–02 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 30 6 10 16 8
2002–03 Providence Bruins AHL 78 25 49 74 71 4 0 1 1 6
2003–04 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 80 18 30 48 64 9 0 3 3 4
2004–05 Memphis RiverKings CHL 5 4 5 9 10
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 72 21 45 66 49 17 4 14 18 18
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 72 29 56 85 68
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 6 0 1 1 4
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 65 27 72 99 108 5 1 3 4 7
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 8 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 38 8 37 45 38
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 38 5 8 13 10
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 70 25 71 96 73 21 5 18 23 16
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 12 2 4 6 4
2009–10 Hershey Bears AHL 72 35 71 106 49 21 2 23 25 2
2009–10 Washington Capitals NHL 9 1 4 5 0
2010–11 Hershey Bears AHL 53 18 54 72 49 6 2 6 8 2
2010–11 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Washington Capitals NHL 27 3 8 11 0 14 0 2 2 2
2011–12 Hershey Bears AHL 43 11 59 70 34
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 34 10 27 37 40
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 41 6 6 12 4 6 0 3 3 10
2013–14 Chicago Wolves AHL 62 11 32 43 24 9 2 4 6 2
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 145 17 32 49 22 20 0 5 5 12
AHL totals 769 244 613 857 675 92 16 72 87 57

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keith Aucoin named AHL's Most Valuable Player". Hershey Bears. 2010-04-09. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  2. ^ "2011-12 NHL Opening Rosters". National Hockey League. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  3. ^ Carrera, Katie (2012-07-21). "Keith Aucoin signs with Toronto Maple Leafs". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Islanders claim Aucoin off waivers". New York Islanders. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Blues sign Aucoin, Lapierre". National Hockey League. 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  6. ^ "Keith Aucoin new center for Ambri" (in Italian). HC Ambrì-Piotta . 2014-06-13. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Phil Aucoin profile". eliteprospects.com. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  8. ^ "2010-11 First and Second All-Stars named". AHL. 2011-03-28. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  9. ^ "First and Second All-Stars named". American Hockey League. 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 

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