Jean-Philippe Côté

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Jean-Philippe Côté
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Born (1982-04-22) April 22, 1982 (age 32)
Charlesbourg, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens
Kassel Huskies
Hamburg Freezers
NHL Draft 265th overall, 2000
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2003–present

Jean-Phillipe Côté (born April 22, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL) and previously appeared in eight games with the Montreal Canadiens. He is the son of former NHL player Alain Côté.

Playing career[edit]

Côté was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs 265th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, from the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Unsigned from the Maple Leafs, Côté was signed to an AHL contract with the Hamilton Bulldogs for his first professional season in 2003–04. Côté eventually signed a contract in the coming season with NHL affiliate, the Montreal Canadiens.

During the 2005–06 season, he played his first game in the NHL on November 29, 2005, against the Ottawa Senators to fill in for the suspended Andrei Markov.[1] He finished the night with 13 minutes of ice time, one penalty, and a -1. Later in the season, with another injury to Andrei Markov, Côté was recalled from the Bulldogs and played a regular shift. He often played with fellow 24-year-old blueliner Mike Komisarek, and the pair formed a solid and hard-working duo of defensive defencemen. After 8 games he was reassigned to the AHL with the return of Markov.

Côté proceeded to play the next couple of seasons entirely with the Canadiens' affiliate in the Bulldogs, culminating in winning the Calder Cup in 2007.

Until the 2008–09 season, Côté was given a try-out contract to participate in the Colorado Avalanche training camp. Following his release from the Avalanche on September 24, 2008, Côté was signed to a try-out with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on October 8, 2008, where he remained for the duration of the year.[2]

A free agent to begin the 2009–10 season, Côté left North America and belatedly signed a one-year contract with the Kassel Huskies of the DEL on November 6, 2009.[3] Posting 13 points in 38 games in the final season of the Huskies, Côté then signed with fellow DEL team, the Hamburg Freezers for the 2010–11 season on March 22, 2010.[4]

Côté returned to North America for the 2011–12 season, initially signing with the Ontario Reign of the third-tier ECHL. On November 18, 2011, after 10 games with the Reign, Côté was loaned to make his return in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals. After solidifying a position within the Admirals' defence, Côté was signed to an AHL contract for the remainder of the season on December 14, 2011.[5] Côté contributed with 15 points in 58 games with the record-setting Admirals and played in every post-season game to help Norfolk capture their first Calder Cup, and collect his second.

With the affiliation between the Admirals and the Tampa Bay Lightning ceased, Côté followed the championship team and signed with new AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch for the 2012–13 season on June 20, 2012.[6]

During a game between the Hamilton Bulldogs an Norfolk Admirals. Jean-Phillipe body checked Blake Geoffrion, causing him to fracture his skull and end his hockey career.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 8 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 34 0 10 10 15
1999–00 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 28 0 4 4 21 4 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 71 6 29 35 90 12 0 0 0 18
2001–02 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 61 4 20 24 72 16 1 6 7 38
2002–03 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles QMJHL 16 1 3 4 12
2002–03 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 48 8 18 26 87 11 2 3 5 20
2003–04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 75 2 7 9 79 10 0 4 4 24
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 51 1 8 9 58 4 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 61 3 8 11 113
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 8 0 0 0 4
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 68 3 9 12 115 6 0 0 0 2
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 79 1 12 13 112
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 50 2 10 12 74 2 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Kassel Huskies DEL 38 6 7 13 119
2010–11 Hamburg Freezers DEL 39 3 1 4 70
2011–12 Ontario Reign ECHL 10 1 2 3 9
2011–12 Norfolk Admirals AHL 58 3 12 15 67 18 1 3 4 29
2012–13 Syracuse Crunch AHL 74 3 14 17 143 18 1 5 6 29
2013–14 Syracuse Crunch AHL 33 2 11 13 57
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 19 0 4 4 22
AHL totals 549 20 91 111 818 58 2 13 15 86
NHL totals 27 0 4 4 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cote to make NHL debut with Canadiens". sbsun.com. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Penguins sign Cote to PTO". Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Huskies sign NHL player Cote" (in German). Kassel Huskies. 2009-11-06. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Richer: Until next season" (in German). hna.de. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Admirals sign defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote to AHL standard players contract". Norfolk Admirals. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  6. ^ "Crunch sign two-time Calder Cup champ Cote". Syracuse Crunch. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-20. 

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