Phoenix Coyotes Preseason Countdown: 33 Days

Christian Petersen

We look back a couple of years to the career of "the Closer" on today's Countdown.

At 40 years old, former Coyote Adrian Aucoin's NHL career may be finished. But the former number 33 for the Desert Dogs should be very proud of the 18 seasons he spent in the league. With 399 points in 1,072 career games, Aucoin was a hard hitting defenseman who could put up some serious numbers; he had six 10+ goal seasons in his career, and produced 84 points in three years with Phoenix. His most legendary feat while wearing Sedona Red had nothing to do with regulation goals however.

In 2009-10, the Coyotes were one of the best teams in the league in the shootout. They owed their 14-6 record in the skills competition in no small part to Aucoin's heroics. Aucoin currently holds the NHL record for most consecutive shootout winners without a miss. His high glove-side shot proved to be nearly unstoppable, and because of it the Coyotes blazed through their post-Olympic schedule en route to the best season in franchise history.

Ultimately, Aucoin left Phoenix for greener pastures; he signed a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets at the end of the 2011-12 season. Unfortunately for him, half the season was lost to the lockout, so what could have been Aucoin's final year in the NHL was unfairly cut short. Regardless, Adrian Aucoin's time in Phoenix will be fondly remembered for his late-game heroics.

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