Riley Cote's Top 10 Best Fights

Jason Sapunka@moreSapunkaCorrespondent IIAugust 9, 2011

Riley Cote's Top 10 Best Fights

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    A year ago on Aug. 9, 2010, former Philadelphia Flyers forward Riley Cote retired after playing 156 NHL games.

    Cote scored just one career goal, added six assists, but totaled 411 penalty minutes.

    Now a coach of the Flyers' AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms, Cote's playing career seems a distant part of the past.

    However, Flyers fans and fight fans alike will still be happy to watch hockey fight videos of one of the game's most entertaining tough guys.

No. 10: Cote Drops Francis Lessard (March 3, 2007)

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    Cote played 15 total games in the AHL from 2002-2004 before finding a steady position with the Philadelphia Phantoms.

    After playing 131 games over two seasons, Cote split time betwen the AHL and NHL in the 2006-2007 campaign.

    During one of his last AHL fights, Cote dropped Lessard.

No. 9: Cote's First NHL Fight vs. Cam Janssen (March 30, 2007)

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    After Colton Orr knocked Todd Fedoruk out of action in a fight on March 21, the Flyers called up Cote to fill the role.

    Cote had fought for the Flyers once during the 2006 preseason, also against Cam Janssen. This was his first regular-season NHL fight.

No. 8: Cote vs. Pierre-Luc Leblond (Sept. 22, 2008)

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    Cote's fight style was no secret; he was a southpaw who preferred going toe-to-toe. He was not afraid to stand up and trade punches with anybody, which made a lot of his fights very entertaining.

    Not many fighters are brave enough to take on their opponents this way, which is why Cote was exceptionally admired.

No. 7: Cote vs. Shawn Thornton (March 15, 2008)

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    This video is best watched without the sound. Jack Edwards either suffers from severe hallucinations or is partially blind, as most of the comments he makes about this fight aren't true.

No. 6: Cote vs. Jody Shelley (Feb. 21, 2008)

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    When Jody Shelley was signed last offseason, it spelled the end for Cote. He had played just 15 games for the Flyers in 2009-2010, a healthy scratch a majority of the season.

    Not only was Shelley a better player, but a better fighter as well. However, Cote got the better of Shelley in this fight from 2008 by taking advantage of Shelley's initial balance issues.

No. 5: Cote vs Arron Asham (Nov. 8, 2007)

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    Another future Flyer that Cote fought was Arron Asham, then a member of the New Jersey Devils.

    Asham is a very technically sound fighter, but threw all strategy out the window here. Asham put his head down and swung punch for punch with Cote.

No. 4: Cote vs. Colton Orr (Nov. 15, 2007)

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    Colton Orr had been a nemesis for the Philadelphia Flyers from the time Donald Brashear left to play with Washington until Shelley was signed in the 2010 offseason.

    After Orr demolished Fedoruk out of a Flyers uniform, he dropped Jesse Boulerice and continued his wrath all the way through the 2010 season by running over Michael Leighton and Mike Richards, plus embarrassing Dan Carcillo.

    Give credit to Cote for dropping them with one of the NHL's most dangerous players. Orr's first punch hit Cote's left shoulder, causing him to go down to the ice.

    Cote picked himself up and fired back.

No. 3: Cote vs Eric Godard (Oct. 14, 2008)

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    Godard is a powerful puncher, having dropped Derek Boogaard, Steve MacIntyre and Colton Orr in his career.

    Godard landed better than Cote in the beginning, plus a hard shot at the end. Cote's toughness was shown here; instead of giving up, he kept swinging right back at Godard.

No. 2: Cote Drops Andre Roy (March 6, 2008)

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    Roy was ready to fight, but wasn't ready to deal with what came his way.

    Cote's first punch of the fight rocked Roy and knocked him off balance. Before Roy hit the ice, Cote landed another left in this quick knockdown victory.

No. 1: Classic Toe-to-Toe with Shawn Thornton (Oct. 27, 2007)

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    Not only was this the most entertaining fight of Riley Cote's career, but the toe-to-toe exchange is one of the best fights in NHL history.