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. He is currently the radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers on 97.5 The Fanatic, after spending 14 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 broadcasting career with the Flyers in 1980 as a radio color commentator, and switched over to television in 1999. He spent the next 14 seasons on television as a color commentator and between-the-benches reporter for the Flyers before moving back to radio at the start of the 2014–15 season.
From 1999 to 2011, Coates was the host of a short segment that aired during the first intermission of local Flyers television broadcasts, filmed prior to the game. These segments included interviews, explanations of NHL rules, analysis 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 career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Steve Coates biography at Legends of Hockey
|Philadelphia Flyers Radio Color Commentator