Back to School
In the 13 seasons I’ve been covering the Caps, I’ve been fortunate to make the acquaintance of a lot of really good guys. One of the best of those really good guys never got a chance to suit up for the Caps, but he’s in the news today in a good way. Ex-Portland Pirate and Hershey Bears center Jared Aulin is getting set to spend his final year of Canadian Interuniversity Sport eligibility playing for the University of Calgary Dinos.
You may recall that Aulin was obtained in the deal that sent Anson Carter to the Kings, shortly after Carter had been acquired from the Rangers in the deal that rid the Caps of Jaromir Jagr. At that time, Aulin was recovering from a serious shoulder injury, one that ultimately scotched his pro career. That injury was sustained in the late summer of 2003, when he injured the shoulder after coming to the aid of Kings teammate Mike Cammalleri in a scrum during a rookie tournament contest. A skilled playmaking center, Aulin was never able to recover enough range of motion in his shoulder to get back to the NHL. (He played in 17 games with the Kings, totaling two goals and four points, before the injury.)
Aulin’s former teammates will be glad to know of his latest move. He was a popular guy wherever he played, a great interview and one of the best to just sit and chat with after or during a morning skate. During his last full season at Hershey, Aulin roomed with AHL rookies Eric Fehr and Chris Bourque. They called him “Dad.”
Tim Leone and I always thought Aulin belonged in the broadcast booth whenever his playing days were done, and who knows? Maybe that’s in the cards somewhere down the road. Good luck from a lot of us back this way, Jared.
Thanks to Nate Ewell for passing this along.