One of the most decorated players ever to skate in the American Hockey League, Keith Aucoin starred at Division III Norwich University in Vermont before breaking into the AHL with his hometown Lowell Lock Monsters in 2001.
In his first full season in the league, he led Providence in scoring with 74 points in 2002-03, and was a key part of the Bruins team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2004-05 season.
Aucoin joined the Carolina organization in 2005 and saw his first career NHL action with the Hurricanes, while continuing to dominate the AHL in Lowell and Albany. But he reached his greatest heights after signing with the Washington Capitals.
Aucoin won back-to-back Calder Cups with the Hershey Bears in 2009 and 2010, and was the AHL’s most valuable player and regular-season scoring champion for the 2009-10 season after posting 106 points in 70 games. He also provided reliable roster depth for the Capitals, posting 22 points in 49 NHL games over four seasons.
By the time he finished his AHL career with stints in Toronto and Chicago, Aucoin had played in a record-tying six AHL All-Star Classics, and was voted a First Team All-Star and Second Team All-Star three times each. He is one of five players in league history to record at least 600 assists, and his 857 career points are good for seventh all-time.