Erik Cole

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Erik Cole
Erik Cole 001.jpg
Cole pictured during his time with the Montreal Canadiens.
Born(1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 35)
Oswego, NY, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
PositionLeft/right wing
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Carolina Hurricanes
Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens
National team United States
NHL Draft71st overall, 1998
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career2000–present
 
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Erik Cole
Erik Cole 001.jpg
Cole pictured during his time with the Montreal Canadiens.
Born(1978-11-06) November 6, 1978 (age 35)
Oswego, NY, USA
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
PositionLeft/right wing
ShootsLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Carolina Hurricanes
Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens
National team United States
NHL Draft71st overall, 1998
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career2000–present

Erik Thomas Cole (born November 6, 1978) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played two stints with the Carolina Hurricanes as well as having played for the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers.

Playing career[edit]

Cole was first drafted by the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL after a family friend, Mark Pierce, out of West Des Moines, Iowa had multiple scouts take a look.[citation needed] He was then drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round as the 71st overall selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2001–2002 NHL season, his rookie year, Cole scored six goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Additionally, he was one-third of the "BBC Line" featuring Bates Battaglia and Rod Brind'Amour during the Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup run in 2002. He is the first (and as of 2011, only) native of Oswego, NY in the NHL. Cole played college hockey for the Clarkson University Golden Knights. He played high school hockey for the Oswego Buccaneers in Oswego, NY.[1]

On December 19, 2005, Cole was chosen to represent the United States as a player on Team USA's ice hockey team which competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. He was named along with fellow Clarkson University alum Craig Conroy, from the Calgary Flames. He also represented Team USA at the 2007 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

On March 4, 2006, Cole suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck after getting hit by Pittsburgh Penguins's defenceman Brooks Orpik.[2] The injury kept him out of the lineup until Game 6 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals, where the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in Game 7. On November 12, 2007, Cole went head first into Florida Panthers goalie Tomas Vokoun, he was face down on the ice for over five minutes, and was escorted off the ice via stretcher.[3] It was a neck injury but not serious, and he traveled with the team to Tampa Bay.

Cole is the only player in the NHL to ever be awarded two penalty shots in the same game.[4] On July 1, 2008, Cole was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Joni Pitkänen.[5]

On January 14, 2009, Cole, as a member of the Edmonton Oilers, recorded his fifth hat trick against the Washington Capitals on goaltender José Théodore. Cole set an unofficial NHL record in the Fastest Skater event by skating around the entire Rexall Place with a time of 13.117 seconds.

On March 4, 2009, Cole was traded back to the Carolina Hurricanes for Patrick O'Sullivan and a second round draft pick. O'Sullivan was traded to Carolina for Justin Williams and second round pick earlier that day.[6]

On July 1, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Cole to a two-year contract worth $5.8 million ($2.8 million in 2009-10 and $3 million in 2010-11).[7]

On December 5, 2009, Cole scored his 6th career hat-trick against the Vancouver Canucks in Raleigh. The second goal went off the skate of former Clarkson University teammate Willie Mitchell. He scored the third goal on an empty-net after Canucks back-up Andrew Raycroft was pulled for an extra attacker in the last minute of play.

On July 1, 2011, Cole signed a four-year contract worth $18 million with the Montreal Canadiens.[8] Cole wore jersey number 72 for the Canadiens. During his first season with the Canadiens in 2011–12, Cole set career highs with 35 goals and 61 points. On March 23, 2012 Cole scored a natural hat trick just 5:41 into a game against the Ottawa Senators, setting a Canadiens record for the quickest hat trick from the start of a game.[9]

During the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, after exhibiting a slow start offensively he was traded by the Canadiens to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Michael Ryder and a third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on February 26, 2013.[10] In 28 games with Dallas, Cole would record six goals and an assist as the Stars missed the playoffs.

Awards and honors[edit]

AwardYear
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team1997–98
All-ECAC Hockey First Team1998–99
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team1999–00

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1997–98Clarkson Golden KnightsECAC3411203155
1998–99Clarkson Golden KnightsECAC3622204250
1999–00Clarkson Golden KnightsECAC3319113046
1999–00Cincinnati CyclonesIHL9437271122
2000–01Cincinnati CyclonesIHL692320432851012
2001–02Carolina HurricanesNHL81162440352363930
2002–03Carolina HurricanesNHL5314132772
2003–04Carolina HurricanesNHL8018244293
2004–05Eisbären BerlinDEL396212776851537
2005–06Carolina HurricanesNHL603029595420000
2006–07Carolina HurricanesNHL7129326176
2007–08Carolina HurricanesNHL7322295176
2008–09Edmonton OilersNHL6316112763
2008–09Carolina HurricanesNHL1721315101805522
2009–10Carolina HurricanesNHL401151629
2010–11Carolina HurricanesNHL8226265249
2011–12Montreal CanadiensNHL8235266148
2012–13Montreal CanadiensNHL1933610
2012–13Dallas StarsNHL2861710
NHL totals74922823646462543681452

International[edit]

YearTeamCompGPGAPtsPIM
2005United StatesWC71566
2006United StatesOG61230
2007United StatesWC71452
Senior int'l totals20311148

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
J.R. Prestifilippo
ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year
1997–98
Shared With
Willie Mitchell
Succeeded by
Brandon Dietrich