Erik Cole

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Erik Cole
Erik Cole.jpg
Born (1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 35)
Oswego, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left/right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Carolina Hurricanes
Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens
National team  United States
NHL Draft 71st overall, 1998
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2000–present

Erik Thomas Cole (born November 6, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played two stints with the Carolina Hurricanes as well as having played for the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Cole was first drafted by the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL after a family friend, Mark Pierce, out of West Des Moines, Iowa had multiple scouts take a look.[citation needed] He was then drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round as the 71st overall selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2001–2002 NHL season, his rookie year, Cole scored six goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Additionally, he was one-third of the "BBC Line" featuring Bates Battaglia and Rod Brind'Amour during the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup run in 2002. He is the first (and as of 2011, only) native of Oswego, NY in the NHL. Cole played college hockey for the Clarkson University Golden Knights. He played high school hockey for the Oswego Buccaneers in Oswego, NY.[1]

On December 19, 2005, Cole was chosen to represent the United States as a player on Team USA's ice hockey team which competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He was named along with fellow Clarkson University alum Craig Conroy, from the Calgary Flames. He also represented Team USA at the 2007 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

On March 4, 2006, Cole suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck after getting hit by Pittsburgh Penguins's defenceman Brooks Orpik.[2] The injury kept him out of the lineup until Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, where the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in Game 7. On November 12, 2007, Cole went head first into Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, he was face down on the ice for over five minutes, and was escorted off the ice via stretcher.[3] It was a neck injury but not serious, and he traveled with the team to Tampa Bay.

Cole was the first player in the NHL to ever be awarded two penalty shots in the same game.[4] On July 1, 2008, Cole was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Joni Pitkänen.[5]

Cole pictured during his time with the Montreal Canadiens.

On January 14, 2009, Cole, as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, recorded his fifth hat trick against the Washington Capitals on goaltender José Théodore. Cole set an unofficial NHL record in the Fastest Skater event by skating around the entire Rexall Place with a time of 13.117 seconds. On March 4, 2009, Cole was traded back to the Carolina Hurricanes for Patrick O'Sullivan and a second round draft pick. O'Sullivan was traded to Carolina for Justin Williams and second round pick earlier that day.[6]

On July 1, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Cole to a two-year contract worth $5.8 million ($2.8 million in 2009-10 and $3 million in 2010-11).[7]

On December 5, 2009, Cole scored his 6th career hat-trick against the Vancouver Canucks in Raleigh. The second goal went off the skate of former Clarkson University teammate Willie Mitchell. He scored the third goal on an empty-net after Canucks back-up Andrew Raycroft was pulled for an extra attacker in the last minute of play. On July 1, 2011, Cole signed a four-year contract worth $18 million with the Montreal Canadiens.[8] Cole wore jersey number 72 for the Canadiens. During his first season with the Canadiens in 2011–12, Cole set career highs with 35 goals and 61 points. On March 23, 2012 Cole scored a natural hat trick just 5:41 into a game against the Ottawa Senators, setting a Canadiens record for the quickest hat trick from the start of a game.[9]

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, after exhibiting a slow start offensively he was traded by the Canadiens to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Michael Ryder and a third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on February 26, 2013.[10] In 28 games with Dallas, Cole would record six goals and an assist as the Stars missed the playoffs.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Clarkson Golden Knights ECAC 34 11 20 31 55
1998–99 Clarkson Golden Knights ECAC 36 22 20 42 50
1999–00 Clarkson Golden Knights ECAC 33 19 11 30 46
1999–00 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 9 4 3 7 2 7 1 1 2 2
2000–01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 69 23 20 43 28 5 1 0 1 2
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 16 24 40 35 23 6 3 9 30
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 53 14 13 27 72
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 80 18 24 42 93
2004–05 Eisbären Berlin DEL 39 6 21 27 76 8 5 1 5 37
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 60 30 29 59 54 2 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 71 29 32 61 76
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 73 22 29 51 76
2008–09 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 16 11 27 63
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 2 13 15 10 18 0 5 5 22
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 40 11 5 16 29
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 26 26 52 49
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 35 26 61 48
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 19 3 3 6 10
2012–13 Dallas Stars NHL 28 6 1 7 10
NHL totals 749 228 236 464 625 43 6 8 14 52

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2005 United States WC 7 1 5 6 6
2006 United States OG 6 1 2 3 0
2007 United States WC 7 1 4 5 2
Senior int'l totals 20 3 11 14 8

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 1997–98
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1998–99
NCAA East Second All-American Team 1998–99
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 1999–00
DEL Champion 2004–05
Stanley Cup Carolina Hurricanes 2005–06

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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
J.R. Prestifilippo
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
1997–98
Shared With
Willie Mitchell
Succeeded by
Brandon Dietrich