Since Cote just announced his retirement (Aug 9th) and Detroit is not sniffing around to bring him back, we'll honor him with a SNDH stick tap.
Riley's was a lefty so I'm already partial to the boy. Anybody who has the sand to stand and deliver with 2 dotted eyes also gets respect. Nothing says mad dog more than than lining up with a guy sporting raccoon eyes or missing teef. Cote went toe to toe back in 2007 with Huggy Bear when Brashear was the reigning champ and held his own against the bigger Huggy.
Hockey fans knew him as ‘Riles,’ ‘Cotes,’ or ‘Riley Coyote.’ He wore #32 for the Flyers and was in the bigs for 4 years. His first 3 years he was an active fighter, establishing himself as a legit enforcer and one tough cookie. His last and final season had just 4 fights which left us fight fans wanting. Injuries? Other plans with Philly management? I'm still trying to pin down the reason for his early departure.
Most Embarrassing Hockey Memory (via the Hockey News): "Geez, probably a couple of those. I remember one in my first year of junior in Swift Current, I ended up fighting a guy who I shouldn't have. Because I never really fought before. I can't remember his name. He was an older guy. I ended up fighting him. He smoked me pretty good. We went down. I get up and I started yelling at the ref because I thought someone jumped me off the bench and sucker-punched me. I got my bell rung – I didn't know what the hell was going on. So I kept losing it. They were trying to calm me down, telling me I got tagged pretty good. No one jumped off the bench. I kind of felt embarrassed. I was that rocked I didn't know what was going on. I got up, thought I was in a fight still. Losing it at the refs. I've seen guys get knocked out, they get up and think they won the fight and they're celebrating."
Sweet video and more reminiscing after the jump.
Cote vs Cam Janssen when Cam was with the Devils in a 2006-2007 pre season marathon slugfest. Cam does his patented jersey slip move in this fight but it doesn't really gain him much advantage. Riley had good balance and was a smart fighter who knew how to slip the bombs and counter. Fighting lefties is dangerous if you haven't had much experience with southpaws.
Toughest Competitors Encountered (via The Hockey News): "For me, (Donald) Brashear, (Georges) Laraque, there's tons of them, Colton Orr, there's lots up there, but those are probably the three toughest." Born March 16, 1982 in Winnipeg Manitoba. First Hockey Memory: "Seeing my dad (Dennis) flood our garden in the backyard, for us to skate on as kids."
At 6'1" and 210 pounds he was a light heavyweight among today's gargantuan NHL enforcers. Undrafted after completing juniors, Cote was a walk on to the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp in fall 2002.
After participating in the Philadelphia Flyers training camps in the fall of 2005 and 2006, Cote was signed to a 2-way contract by the Flyers in 2006–07. Early in the season, he was assigned to the Philadelphia Phantoms and shortly after suffered an ankle injury that kept him from playing for two months. 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. Cote was re-signed by the Flyers to a one-year contract for the 2007–08 season and made the team out of training camp.
Cote scored his only NHL goal on February 17, 2008 against rookie goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadians. On July 2, 2008 the Flyers announced they had signed Cote to a three-year contract extension.
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.