Sunday, August 28, 2016

Adrian Aucoin Autograph Card

Adrian Aucoin was more than a huge human specimen; he carried his 6'2'', 220-pound frame across the ice for hard hits and used his booming shot for seven NHL teams - the Vancouver Canucks, who drafted him 117th overall in 1992, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets.

He also suited up for Team Canada, winning gold at the 1993 World Juniors, silver at the 1994 Olympics but failing to medal at the 2000 World Championships while still posting 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points and 14 penalty minutes in 9 games, scoring Canada's lone goal in a 2-1 upset that gave Finland the bronze. José Theodore was by far the best goalie of the tournament, though Roman Cechmanek actually took home the award.

Aucoin surpassed the 30-point mark six times, with a high of 44 with the Isles in 2003-04; he also reached the 10-goal mark five times, with an incredible high of 23 in 1998-99 with the Canucks. In his three seasons on Long Island, he finished in the Norris voting top-10 twice - never having received a vote whilst playing for another team. East Coast/NYC bias, perhaps?

Here he is sporting the Canucks' white (home) uniform from my youth, on the signed (in black sharpie) insert version of card #79 from Pinnacle's 1996-97 Be A Player set by Pinnacle Brands, which is his rookie card in the collection:
The foil on the card is actually gold, not silver as it appears in the scan. This checks him off as #6 in my Canucks Numbers Project.

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