The Washington Times - March 2, 2012, 11:54AM

Capitals winger Keith Aucoin came off the ice after Friday’s morning skate wearing the smile of a new daddy. He’s ready to play against New Jersey on Friday night after a whirlwind two days in which he raced from Northern Virginia to Hershey, Pa., on Wednesday for the birth of his son, Brayden Michael.

“It was an amazing day, obviously something we’ll never forget,” Aucoin said. “It’s still hard to explain right now. I’m still kind of in shock a little bit. I’m kind of processing everything.”


Aucoin got the call on Wednesday morning that his wife, Maureen, was having the baby. He jumped in his car and raced north.

“I broke a lot of speed limits on the way there,” he said. “I think I made a lot of people mad cutting them off. I hit a bunch of traffic I was trying to get through. Lucky enough I got there safe and sound.”

Aucoin emphasized the “y” in his son’s name, jokingly noting he is not named after goalie Braden Holtby.

“It’s not going to be a goalie,” he said, using “it” out of habit. He and his wife did not know the child’s sex until he was born. “I’m hoping it will be a power forward a lot bigger than me.”

Now that Aucoin is back in town, he’s settling into an apartment - an indication that he’ll likely be with the Capitals for the rest of the stretch run. Friday’s game against the Devils would be his 10th with the Caps this season. He has one goal and one assist.