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Riley Cote added to Phantoms? coaching staff

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    The Philadelphia Flyers announced Monday that Riley Cote was retiring and joining the Phantoms’ coaching staff as an assistant. At 28, Cote will be one of the youngest, if not the youngest, coaches in the league.

    Cote will join head coach Greg Gilbert and Kjell Samuelsson.

    “We are pleased to add Riley to our coaching staff in Glens Falls,” Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said in a release. “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.”

    Cote won a Calder Cup with the Phantoms in 2005. He was best known for his role as enforcer.*I like the move as Cote should have instant credibility with the locker room and be able to get through to them. He can be that necessary conduit between Gilbert and the players.

    Here’s some biographical information, per the release:

    Cote 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.

    – Tim