Riley Cote

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Riley Cote
Born (1982-03-16) March 16, 1982 (age 32)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–2010

Riley D. Cote (born March 16, 1982) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger and is currently an assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and was mainly known as an enforcer.

Playing career[edit]

Undrafted after completing juniors, Cote was a walk on to the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp in fall 2002. He impressed the Leafs staff, signed a one-year contract, and was assigned to the Leafs Central Hockey League affiliate, the Memphis RiverKings. While called up to the St. John's Maple Leafs, Toronto's American Hockey League affiliate, a few times during the 2002–03 season, he spent most of his rookie year with the RiverKings and was with them when they won the CHL championship that season.

Not re-signed by the Leafs, Cote was signed to a two-way contract by the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and entered the training camp for their NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in fall 2003.[1] Columbus released him and he returned to the Crunch. An eye injury caused during a pre-season scrimmage resulted in Cote being assigned to the Crunch's ECHL affiliate, the Dayton Bombers, for much of the 2003–04 season. Cote was recruited back to the RiverKings for the 2004–05 season but was offered a try-out contract by the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms just before the season began. The Phantoms extended his contract twice through the season and Cote eventually spent the entire season with Philadelphia, accumulating a team-leading 280 penalty minutes in the process, and helped the Phantoms win the Calder Cup as league champions. Shortly after the season ended, the Phantoms signed him to a one-year contract.

After participating in the Philadelphia Flyers training camps in the fall of 2005 and 2006, Cote was signed to a two-way contract by the Flyers in 2006–07. Early in the season, he was assigned to the Phantoms and shortly after suffered an ankle injury that kept him from playing for two months.[2][3] Late in the season, Cote played in his first 8 NHL games with the Flyers, making his NHL debut on March 24, 2007 against the New York Islanders.[4][5] Cote was recognized for his contributions to the community when the Phantoms named him as the team's 2006–07 Man of the Year.[6] Cote was re-signed by the Flyers to a one-year contract for the 2007–08 season[7] and made the team out of training camp.

Cote was suspended for three games after he delivered a high head shot to Dallas Stars defenceman Matt Niskanen late in the third period on December 1, 2007.[4] He became the fifth Flyers player to receive a suspension during the 2007–08 season after Steve Downie, Jesse Boulerice, Randy Jones and Scott Hartnell.

Cote scored his only NHL goal on February 17, 2008 against rookie goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens.[4] On July 2, 2008 the Flyers announced they had signed Cote to a three-year contract extension.[8]

After appearing in only 15 games during the 2009–10 season, Cote retired on August 9, 2010 and was named an assistant coach of the Adirondack Phantoms.[9]

Awards[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 37 3 2 5 63 9 0 0 0 9
1999–00 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 67 6 7 13 71 3 1 0 1 2
2000–01 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 64 17 35 52 114
2001–02 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 67 28 23 51 134
2002–03 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 6 0 0 0 5
2002–03 Memphis RiverKings CHL 51 8 6 14 241 14 1 0 1 54
2003–04 Dayton Bombers ECHL 57 6 11 17 258
2003–04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 9 0 0 0 19
2004–05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 61 4 7 11 280 13 0 0 0 6
2005–06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 70 3 1 4 259
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 8 0 0 0 16
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 37 1 4 5 125
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 1 3 4 202 3 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 0 3 3 174
2009–10 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 15 0 0 0 24
NHL totals 156 1 6 7 411 3 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 183 8 12 20 688 13 0 0 0 6
WHL totals 235 54 67 121 382 12 1 0 1 11

Personal life[edit]

He has been an advocate for multiple sclerosis diagnosis and treatment since his older sister, Jamie, was diagnosed with the disease in 2000.[4] His nickname is Riles.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vickers, Aaron (2003-09-15). "Blue Jackets: Enforcers Fighting for a Chance at Camp". hockeysfuture.com. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  2. ^ "At The Top Of His Game". Philadelphia Phantoms. 2007-04-11. Archived from the original on August 14, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  3. ^ Kurz, Kevin (2007-08-02). "News: Cote Determined to Open Eyes in Training Camp". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Riley Cote Official Player Page - Bio/News". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  5. ^ Unkle, David. "Newest Flyer debuts from the Sin Bin". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  6. ^ "Cote named Phantoms 2006-07 Man of the Year". Philadelphia Phantoms. 2007-04-03. Archived from the original on February 4, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  7. ^ "News: Flyers Re-Sign Riley Cote and Boyd Kane". Philadelphia Flyers. 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  8. ^ "News: Flyers Sign Randy Jones and Riley Cote". Philadelphia Flyers. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  9. ^ "A new chapter". Philadelphia Flyers. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 

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