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RILEY COTE NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF THE ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS
WINGER RETIRES AS A PLAYER AFTER SIX SEASONS WITH FLYERS AND PHANTOMS

 

 

 

 

August 9, 2010

 

 

 

 

The Adirondack Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Flyers, announced today that Flyers left wing Riley Cote has retired as a player to become assistant coach of the Adirondack Phantoms, according to Flyers 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.”

“We are thrilled that Riley is staying with us in this new capacity,” said Peter Luukko, President/COO of Comcast-Spectacor. “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.”

“I am really excited about this coaching opportunity,” Cote said. “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.”

Cote, 28, has spent the last six years with the Flyers organization. He appeared in 156 games for the Flyers over four seasons from 2006-07 through 2009-10, posting a total of 411 penalty minutes while collecting a goal and six assists for seven points.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cote signed an AHL contract with the Phantoms as a free agent prior to the 2004-05 season and helped the club to its second Calder Cup championship. He then signed an NHL contract with the Flyers prior to the 2005-06 season and spent most of the next two years with the Phantoms until making his NHL debut against the New York Islanders on March 24, 2007. Cote earned a full-time spot with the Flyers when he made the team’s roster out of training camp prior to the 2007-08 season.

Adirondack Phantoms ticket packages are on sale now and great seats are still available. The Phantoms offer a variety of ticket packages – including 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 select plans, full season plans and Flex Packs - and are available now in person at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center or by calling 518-480-3355.

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