Aucoin a rock on the Island

Islanders defenseman Adrian Aucoin is always on the ice. So why is he so easily overlooked?

Updated: January 15, 2004, 1:31 PM ET
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders defenseman Adrian Aucoin doesn't attract too much attention. He just plays.

And plays ...

... and plays.

And with little fanfare -- and even less league-wide notice -- Aucoin has quietly become one of the game's steadiest defensemen. He has been so reliable since arriving on Long Island in 2001 the Islanders hate to take him off the ice. Again this season, just like the previous two campaigns, Aucoin leads the Islanders in ice time.

"I love ...

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