Adrian Aucoin enjoyed an 18-year career with seven different teams after being selected 117th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Draft. Fast forward 28 years and Adrian’s son Kyle Aucoin was selected 156th overall in the 2020 NHL Draft. Clearly his goal is to reach the highest level of the sport, to suit up for the Detroit Red Wings.
Kyle Aucoin indicated that his father has always been an inspiration, someone to give him knowledge of the game. He takes advantage of the fact that his father is around to get bits of information anytime he wants, which can only improve Kyle’s game.
While Kyle Aucoin is likely several years away from the NHL, he played in 48 games last year for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL, recording 13 points on two goals and 11 assists. He has started his second season with the Storm and coach Antony Noreen is excited about Kyle’s elite skating ability, which could very well be his ticket to the NHL. Like his father, Kyle Aucoin is a defenseman and Noreen continued his praise by noting he moves the puck well, can help offensively, adept, and breaking pucks out, and good on the kill.
Kyle Aucoin is much smaller, at this point in his career, that his father was, but at age 18 has time to increase his strength and weight. If genetics is an indicator, Kyle will have that late growth spurt just as his father Adrien. Noreen has no doubts that Kyle will improve in all aspects, due to his tremendous work ethic, responsibility to taking care of his body. Auction is also an excellent student and was the USHL’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2019-2020.
A smart young man, Kyle Aucoin will attend and play at Harvard University, where he first visited in 2018. The great hockey and fantastic education attracted him to the university. Now, this great work ethic and intellect could carry Kyle Aucoin to the NHL and follow in the legacy of his father.