Monday, August 9, 2010

Riley Cote Announces Retirement

According to the Flyers Official Twitter:
Riley Cote just announced he is retiring and will become an assistant coach with the Phantoms.
At first I was skeptical about whether there was truth to it or if someone had somehow hacked into the Flyers Twitter account. But, apparently it's true.

The Official Press Release:
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that left wing Riley Cote has retired as a player to become assistant coach of the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.  Cote will join head coach Greg Gilbert and associate coach Kjell Samuelsson on the Adirondack coaching staff. 

“We are pleased to add Riley to our coaching staff in Glens Falls,” Holmgren said.  “Riley’s dedication, perseverance and passion for the game of hockey are beyond reproach. We believe he will be a good young coach, and his knowledge and experience will be very beneficial in the development of our young prospects.
Cam Janssen, who fought Cote several times says "Riley Cote just announced he is retiring and will become an assistant coach with the Phantoms. Good luck bud. One tough SOB!"

Cote was just 28 years old but I guess he saw the writing on the wall that he wouldn't be making the Flyers roster this season. He had an impressive fight card in his rather short tenure in the NHL.

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