Craig Coxe

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Craig Coxe
Born (1964-01-21) January 21, 1964 (age 52)
Chula Vista, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for Vancouver Canucks
Calgary Flames
St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 66th overall, 1982
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1984–2000

Craig Raymond Coxe (born January 21, 1964) is an American retired professional ice hockey player. In addition to playing in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, and the San Jose Sharks. Coxe also played two seasons of major league roller hockey in the RHI, after having grown up playing the sport in Laguna Beach, California. He currently lives in the suburbs of Saint Ignace, Michigan.

Playing career[edit]

Coxe was selected in fourth round (66th overall) in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. Unable to come to terms with Detroit, he became an unrestricted free agent after the 1983-84 season and signed with the Vancouver Canucks.[1]

Coxe played for four different NHL teams over eight seasons in the NHL. Best known as an enforcer, Coxe played in 235 NHL regular season games, scoring 45 points and racking up 713 minutes in penalties. Coxe was suspended for the first three games of the 1987–88 NHL season for leaving the penalty box to fight Joe Paterson during a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Kings.[1]

While perhaps best remembered as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, Coxe was claimed from the Canucks by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Dispersal and Expansion Drafts and, on October 4, 1991, he scored the first goal in the Sharks' franchise history. It would be the next to last goal that he would score in the NHL.[1]

Coxe vs. Probert[edit]

While not known as a play-maker, Coxe was known as a willing fighter at the NHL level.[2] Coxe's fights with Bob Probert are considered classics and have been referred to as "two of the biggest toe to toe slugfests of all time".[3]

Coaching career[edit]

During the 1999-00 season, his final year as a player, Coxe was playing with the San Antonio Iguanas in the CHL. Before the season's end, Coxe was named the assistant coach for the team.[4] The following season Coxe was named head coach of the CHL's Huntsville Tornado.[5] Coxe was also the head coach of the CHL's El Paso Buzzards for their final season in 2002-03.[6] During this season, the team's owner, Bill Davidson, had declared bankruptcy. Despite not being paid for over a month, and even though at times he was able to dress only 9 or 10 players, Coxe continued to coach the team to the season's end.[7] He is currently the head hockey coach at Cheboygan Area High School in Cheboygan, Michigan. He is also the rink manager at the Ralph G. Cantile Arena in Cheboygan.


  1. ^ a b c "1982 Draft Pick: Craig Coxe". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Craig Coxe profile". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Bob Probert vs Craig Coxe". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  4. ^ "1999-00 San Antonio Iguanas". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  5. ^ "2000-01 Huntsville Tornado". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  6. ^ "2002-03 El Paso Buzzards". 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  7. ^ Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 1-894974-21-2. Coxe is now coaching one of the most notorious high school hockey teams, The Petoskey Northmen.

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