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Aucoin retires after 18 NHL seasons

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Defenseman Adrian Aucoin announced his retirement Tuesday after 18 seasons in the NHL with seven teams.

Aucoin, 40, recorded 121 goals and 278 assists in 1,108 NHL games for the Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets.

He had four assists in 36 games with the Blue Jackets last season.

"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," Aucoin said in a release issued by the NHL Players' Association.

"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 was a 1992 fifth-round pick of the Canucks (No. 117). He had his best season in 1998-99 when he led all NHL defensemen with 23 goals.

Aucoin, who was known for his fierce slapshot, played in 62 playoff games, recording 21 points.

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