Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Tri-City Americans
OTTAWA, Ontario – Carleton Ravens men’s hockey recruit Parker AuCoin is the fourth Western Hockey League (WHL) player added to the lineup, as Shaun Van Allen and his coaching staff look to bolster the team for the upcoming season.
AuCoin joins Jaeger White, Matt Barberis, and Kody McDonald in being recruited from the WHL.
“We’ve kind of been a little heavy from the WHL, so he knows of guys, I don’t think he knows them personally, but he’s heard of them,” Van Allen said about the team’s tendency to lean toward the WHL.
AuCoin grew up in Alberta, where he began his career of hockey from an early age. After AuCoin’s successful minor hockey career, he was drafted in the first round of the 2013 WHL draft, and would go on to spend his entire CHL career with the Tri-City Americans.
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“I think last year. We had a really long playoff run, we swept our first two rounds, made it to the conference finals and lost,” AuCoin said about his most memorable moment with Tri-City.
“It was really special, we had a great group of guys, we have a ton of guys on that team that are playing in the NHL and the AHL, so we had a really great team and a really great group of guys,” he added.
In the 2018-19 season, AuCoin played in 73 games, recording 43 goals and 44 assists for a total of 87 points.
“He’s a big strong guy, and he’s a 200-foot player, which if he’s not scoring goals, he can still help you, which is really nice,” Van Allen said.
“Because you’ve got some guys, that if they don’t score goals, they’re really hurting the team. He’s not one of those guys, and he really strengthens our left side,” he added.
Although moving to Ontario for the first time makes him nervous, AuCoin is excited to get his new chapter of his hockey career started as a Raven.
“I think just the new experiences. I think, I’m terrified, but I’m also really excited. A chapter in my life has closed, and another one is opening, and I think I’m excited to get there and get settled, and hopefully help the team win and get to know the guys,” AuCoin said.
And in terms of the 2019-20 season, Van Allen is hoping AuCoin’s offence can help with the team’s scoring depth.
“Hopefully he adds more scoring depth to our team, which, you know, every team can use. I hope he’s a physical presence,” Van Allen said.
“He’s a guy that wants to go and try to play pro hockey, and he’s also a very smart kid, got great marks in school, so we’re just trying to fine tune some of those things so that he can move on to pro hockey,” he added.