Steve Coates

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Steve Coates
Born (1950-07-02) July 2, 1950 (age 64)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
AHL
Richmond Robins
Springfield Indians
Maine Mariners
Philadelphia Firebirds
Syracuse Firebirds
USHL
Calumet-Houghton Chiefs
IHL
Des Moines Capitols
CHL
Kansas City Red Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1973–1980

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 played five NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1976–77 season during a career mostly spent in the minors.

Playing career[edit]

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.

Broadcasting career[edit]

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.[1]

"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.

Personal Life[edit]

Coates currently resides in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
1972–73 Calumet-Houghton Chiefs USHL 4 5 6 11 7
1973–74 Des Moines Capitols IHL 72 31 39 70 167 10 6 3 9 35
1974–75 Richmond Robins AHL 50 7 7 14 168 7 3 0 3 7
1975–76 Richmond Robins AHL 69 25 19 44 141
1976–77 Springfield Indians AHL 57 17 23 40 122
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 24
1977–78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 63 14 20 34 83
1977–78 Maine Mariners AHL 15 3 2 5 11 6 0 2 2 8
1978–79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 74 15 25 40 107
1979–80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL 67 10 23 33 95
NHL totals 5 1 0 1 24
AHL totals 332 77 99 176 644 13 3 2 5 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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."

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Preceded by
Gary Dornhoefer
Philadelphia Flyers TV Color Commentator
1999-Present
With: Keith Jones, Bill Clement
Succeeded by
Incumbent