(Photo Courtesy Washington Capitals)
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Eleven years after leaving Norwich University with his name etched on nearly every men's ice hockey scoring record, Keith Aucoin is finally getting his shot in "The Show."
After playing professional hockey at various levels of the minor leagues for over a decade, the 33-year-old center from Chelmsford, Mass. is not only making his first appearance in the National Hockey League (NHL) Playoffs, but he's having an impact too.
Aucoin recorded his second assist of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday night in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Joel Ward took a pass from Aucoin and then fed Mike Knuble on the doorstep of the crease for an easy tap-in goal to beat New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and give the Capitals a 1-0 lead in the first period of the game.
On April 25, Aucoin help the Capitals eliminate his childhood favorite team and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
In Game 4 of the best-of-seven series with the Bruins, Aucoin tallied an assist on Alexander Semin's game-winning goal that lifted the Capitals to a 2-1 win over Boston and leveled the series at two games apiece.
The assist on Semin's goal was Aucoin's first career playoff point after he has tallied 779 points in 673 career AHL games which ranks 15th on the all-time AHL scoring list. In February, Aucoin was tabbed to the All-AHL for a record sixth time, the most ever by a center, despite playing in just 43 AHL games this season.
Aucoin's journeyman story has been picking up steam all across the country with various media outlets putting out pieces on the former Cadet star, who still holds the program's all-time career scoring record with 116 goals and 124 assists for 240 points in 117 games.
Washington Times (Wednesday, May 2):
Fourth line becoming offensive force for Capitals
Washington Post (Tuesday, May 1):
Mike Knuble, Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward are carrying team from the fourth line
Lowell Sun (Friday, April 27):
Aucoin stood tall in topping Bruins
WCAX-TV Channel 3 (Wednesday, April 25):
Game 7 Preview: Catching up with Keith Aucoin
Providence Journal (Wednesday, April 25):
Bruins Journal: Some unfinished business for ex-Bruins
ESPN Boston (Wednesday, April 25):
Local Aucoin making most of time with Caps
Boston Herald (Friday, April 20):
Chemlsford's Aucoin Capital-izes on Chance
Washington Times (Thursday, April 19):
Knuble-Aucoin-Ward line brings energy and grit
New England Hockey Journal (Thursday, April 19):
Home sweet home
WEEI (Boston) Radio Interview (Wednesday, April 18):
Chemlsford's own Keith Aucoin talks Bruins
Barre/Montpelier Times Argus (Tuesday, April 17):
From Norwich to NHL, with Thanks
Waltham News Tribune (Friday, April 13)
Waltham Native Keith Aucoin back on home ice vs. Bruins
Lowell Sun (Friday, April, 13)
Aucoin looks ahead to series with Bruins
NHL.com (Wednesday, April 11):
Washington Times (Wednesday, April 11):
Keith Aucoin making NHL Playoff debut against Bruins
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