July 2, 1950 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
Des Moines Capitols
Kansas City Red Wings
Stephen John Coates (born July 2, 1950) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and hockey commentator. He is currently the radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers on 97.5 The Fanatic, after 15 seasons with the Flyers television team.
Coates' professional hockey career began when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1973 as a free agent after four seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies. After playing in four seasons in the Flyers' minor league system, he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings along with Terry Murray, Bob Ritchie, and Dave Kelly in exchange for Rick Lapointe and Mike Korney during the 1976–77 season. In five games for the Red Wings that season, he scored one goal for his only NHL point. He spent the next three years playing in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL) before retiring.
Coates started his broadcast career with the Flyers in 1990, and switched over to television in 1999. He spent the next 15 season as a color commentator and between-the-benches reporter for the Flyers before being moved back to radio just prior to the 2014-2015 season.
"Coatesy's Corner" (1999–2011): In 1999, Coates started to host a short segment during the first intermission of local Flyers television broadcasts. These segments included interviews, explanations of NHL rules, analyses of current NHL events, and sometimes skits with Flyers players for comedic purposes. During the 2010–11 season, Coatesy's Corner began to air less and less and was eventually officially retired by the end of the season.
|1969–70||Michigan Tech Huskies||WCHA||3||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|1970–71||Michigan Tech Huskies||WCHA||33||7||9||16||46||—||—||—||—||—|
|1971–72||Michigan Tech Huskies||WCHA||30||7||9||16||36||—||—||—||—||—|
|1972–73||Michigan Tech Huskies||WCHA||34||11||11||22||28||—||—||—||—||—|
|1973–74||Des Moines Capitols||IHL||72||31||39||70||167||10||6||3||9||35|
|1976–77||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||5||1||0||1||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|1977–78||Kansas City Red Wings||CHL||63||14||20||34||83||—||—||—||—||—|
- Randy Miller (2014-09-22). "Flyers analyst Steve Coates admits having ego, but embracing move from TV to radio". nj.com. Retrieved 2014-11-24.
- Lulgjuraj, Susan. "Egg Harbor Township's Steve Coates in Flyers' corner as their voice on radio, TV", The Press of Atlantic City, June 3, 2010. Accessed March 12, 2011. "When loyal fans think about the Flyers, the Egg Harbor Township resident often comes to mind. The 59-year-old has broadcast Flyers games on radio and television for the last 30 years."
- Steve Coates's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Steve Coates's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Philadelphia Flyers TV Color Commentator
With: Keith Jones, Bill Clement