The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that left winger Riley Cote has retired. The 28-year old enforcer will become an assistant coach for the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.
Cote played in 156 career NHL games, notching one goal and six assists. Throughout his three seasons in the NHL, he amassed 411 penalty minutes. He led the Flyers in PIMs in both 2007 and 2008.
Despite his rough reputation, Cote will be remembered most for his strong work ethic and positive attitude. This past season, his playing time was severely limited, but that didn't keep him down. The rest of the team had nothing but good things to say about the heavy-handed winger.
“He’s probably the hardest working guy on the team whether it’s on the ice or in the gym. He’s always working hard to get better and get stronger and probably the most positive guy in the dressing room," said Flyers captain Mike Richards.
The Flyers organization, like many others, is known for keeping their players around, but this certainly isn't a pity position. President Peter Luukko is looking forward to seeing Cote's heart instilled in future Flyers prospects.
“We are thrilled that Riley is staying with us in this new capacity. Riley started his playing career in the ECHL and worked as hard as he could until he achieved his dream of playing in the National Hockey League. As a coach, we’re confident he’ll pass along that work ethic, drive and determination to our prospects and help them become the best players they can be.”
Cote is also looking forward to the next chapter of his hockey career.
“I am really excited about this coaching opportunity. I love Philly and the Flyers. I was so proud to be a Flyer and tried to best represent that every time I pulled the Orange and Black jersey over my head. Now it’s time for me to turn the page and start a new chapter in my life. I will do the best job I can do to help teach and develop all the players in Glens Falls on and off the ice. I'm looking forward to a new challenge in life.”