The Flyers announced recently that enforcer Riley Cote has retired as a professional hockey player and will be joining the Adirondack Phantoms as an assistant coach next season. Cote, 28, was a part of the Calder Cup-winning Phantoms team in 2005 and played the following four seasons with the Flyers. Cote has one goal, six assists and 411 penalty minutes over his career.
“I am really excited about this coaching opportunity…I love Philly and the Flyers,” Cote said. “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.”
It was obvious at the beginning of the offseason that Cote would not have a spot on the roster next year with the signing of former New York Rangers enforcer Jody Shelley. Cote has not been the most productive player on the ice – even as a fighter – but has been a respected member of the team for his entire career. As a young assistant coach, Cote will learn the ropes from Phantoms coach Greg Gilbert while teaching the younger players the worth ethic necessary to make the jump to the NHL and be a valuable locker room addition.
Cote’s role as a fighter should be especially helpful for Flyers prospect Zac Rinaldo, who may make the jump to the Phantoms next season. Rinaldo is a veritable powder keg on skates and could use a mentor to rein in his energy.