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Sylvain Cote
Selected in first round
No. 11 overall by Hartford Whalers

Born January 19, 1966
Position: Defense
Height: 5-11   Weight: 170
Last Team: Quebec (QMJHL)                             
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec (Canada)
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1981-82 St. FoyQue. AAA 371 67 --
1982-83 QuebecQMJHL 6610 2434 50
1983-84 QuebecQMJHL 6615 5065 89

World Junior Championships:
1984 (fourth place)
QMJHL All-Star Second Team: 1983-84 (Quebec)
QMJHL All-Star Game: 1984 (Quebec)
Miscellaneous: Ranked by NHL Central Scouting Bureau as No. 9 overall prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as No. 9 defense prospect for the 1984 NHL draft. ... Was Quebec's first-round pick, No. 1 overall, in 1982 QMJHL midget draft. ... Grew up in the Duberger section of Quebec City.
Central Scouting Report: "An excellent skater with an excellent burst of speed, good balance and agility and is a powerful backward skater. He has a great slapshot from the blueline, keeping his shots low, and gets it through. Excellent puck control, good stickhandler, moves the pucks well and can carry it out of his own end. He is a good body checker who plays the man well in corners and alonge the boards and clears traffic in front of the net with authority. Has excellent natural ability in all aspects of the game." -- NHL CSB pre-draft report.
Debut: October 11, 1984 (Hartford at N.Y. Rangers)
Numbers:  21 (Hartford); 3 (Washington); 3 (Toronto); 6 (Chicago);
3 (Dallas)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2002
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1984-2002 Hartford, Washington,
Tor., Chicago, Dallas
1,171 122313 435545
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1987-2001 Hartford, Washington,
Toronto, Dallas
102 1122 3362

Stanley Cup Finals (Lost):
2000 (Dallas)
Hartford Most Valuable Defenseman: 1990-91
Hartford Most Improved Player: 1986-87
Washington Records: Most games played in one season (84 in 1993-94, shares record)
Washington Playoffs Assists Leader: 1994 (8)
1997-98: Played 59 regular-season games for Washington team that went to 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, but was traded away before playoffs.
Miscellaneous: Was represented by future NHL general manager Pierre Lacroix when he entered the league in 1984 and through the early part of his pro career. ... Had assist in his first NHL game. The assist came on a goal by Ron Francis, scored on what was only Cote's second shift of the game. ... Played left wing for Hartford at times during 1984-85 season. ... Failed to earn spot on Hartford roster at start of his second NHL season, playing in just two of team's first 25 games before joining Canada's World Junior Championships team and then finishing the season in junior hockey. ... Did not make Hartford's roster out of 1986 training camp, and began season with Binghamton (AHL). He was recalled to the NHL for good on Nov. 7, 1986. ... Paired on defense with Randy Ladouceur for Hartford in 1987-88. ... Played three games at right wing for Hartford in November 1988. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with broken toe on left foot, an injury suffered when he was hit by John Carter's slapshot while going down to block it during Hartford's Oct. 28, 1989, game at Boston. He did not return to action until Hartford's Nov. 18, 1989, game vs. N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with sprained left knee, an injury suffered during Hartford's Dec. 6, 1989, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. While he was attempting to come back from the injury, he suffered a broken right foot when he was struck by Pat Verbeek's shot during Hartford's Jan. 22, 1990, practice. Thinking it was only a bruise on his foot, Cote did not return until Hartford's Jan. 30, 1990, game vs. Edmonton. He played three games with the injury before realizing it was fractured, following Hartford's Feb. 3, 1990, game at Quebec. He did not return to action until Hartford's March 13, 1990, game at Vancouver. ... Missed part of 1989-90 season with ankle injury, suffered during Hartford's March 13, 1990, game at Vancouver. He did not return to action until Hartford's March 29, 1990, game at Boston. ... Led Hartford in average ice time per game in 1990-91. ... Played out his option with Hartford for $180,000 in 1990-91 and became a restricted free agent after the season. Hartford traded his rights to Washington rather than attempting to re-sign him. ... Missed start of 1992-93 season with broken left hand, an injury suffered during Washington's Sept. 25, 1992, preseason game vs. Boston. He did not make his 1992-93 regular-season debut until Washington's Oct. 21, 1992, game at N.Y. Rangers. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with hip flexor injury, suffered during Washington's Jan. 7, 1993, game at Philadelphia. ... Scored 21 goals for Washington in 1992-93, helping Capitals (along with Kevin Hatcher and Al Iafrate) become first team in NHL history to have three defensemen with at least 20 goals. Cote completed the feat by scoring his 20th goal of the season during Washington's April 8, 1993, game at Philadelphia. ... Led Washington with plus-30 rating in 1993-94. ... Missed part of 1994 playoffs with fractured orbital bone, an injury suffered during Game 1 of Washington's first-round playoff series at Pittsburgh on April 17, 1994. He did not return to action until Game 4 of that series on April 23, 1994, at Washington. ... Missed part of 1995 season with lacerated right eyelid, an injury suffered during Washington's Feb. 26, 1995, game vs. Tampa Bay. ... Missed part of 1995-96 season with ankle injury, suffered during Washington's Jan. 16, 1996, game vs. Winnipeg. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with torn MCL in right knee, an injury suffered during Washington's Oct. 18, 1996, game vs. Buffalo. He did not return to action until Washington's Nov. 30, 1996, game at Montreal. ... Missed part of 1996-97 season with re-aggravation of right knee injury, suffered during Washington's Dec. 6, 1996, game vs. Pittsburgh. He did not return to action until Washington's Dec. 20, 1996, game vs. San Jose. ... Missed part of 1998-99 season with sprained shoulder, an injury suffered during Toronto's March 27, 1999, game vs. Boston. He did not return to action until Toronto's April 5, 1999, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with strained hamstring, an injury suffered during Chicago's Dec. 6, 1999, game vs. Edmonton. He did not return to action until Chicago's Dec. 17, 1999, game at Anaheim. ... Played his 1,000th career NHL game for Chicago on Jan. 23, 2000, vs. Dallas. ... Signed three-year contract with Washington as a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 6, 2000. ... Missed part of 2001-02 season with back injury, suffered during Washington's March 16, 2002, game at Edmonton. He did not return until Washington's March 29, 2002, game at New Jersey. ... Retired after having his contract bought out and then being released by Washington on Nov. 12, 2002. He had earlier been demoted to Portland (AHL), but opted not to play in the minor leagues.
Post-Draft Teams: Hull (QMJHL); Binghamton (AHL)
World Cup of Hockey: 1996 (second place)
World Junior Championships: 1986 (silver medal)
QMJHL Bouchard Trophy (Defenseman of Year):
1985-86 (Hull)
QMJHL Lafleur Trophy (Playoffs MVP): 1986 (Hull) (co-winner)
World Junior Championships All-Star First Team: 1986
QMJHL All-Star First Team: 1985-86 (Hull)
OHL-QMJHL All-Star Series: 1986 (Hull)
Miscellaneous: Traded by Laval (QMJHL) to Hull in exchange for Marc Dumont on Dec. 17, 1985. ... Named to 1985-86 QMJHL All-Star First Team and won league's best defenseman award despite playing only 26 games. ... Active in charitable causes during playing days in Hartford, including work with the Connecticut Governor's Care and Share program. ... Played on Hartford's off-season charity softball team. ... An avid fisherman, he opened up a charter fishing business, called Bill Fishing International, in Ocean City, Md., after retirement.
TRADE: Hartford traded Cote to Washington in exchange for 1992 second-round pick (Andrei Nikolishin) on September 8, 1991.

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