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Riley Cote

Riley Cote of the Philadelphia Flyers scraps with Eric Godard of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Riley Cote of the Philadelphia Flyers scraps with Eric Godard of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Status: Philadelphia Flyers left wing

Ht:
6-foot-1 Wt: 210 pounds

DOB:
March 16, 1982 In: Winnipeg, Man.

First Hockey Memory:
"Seeing my dad (Dennis) flood our garden in the backyard, for us to skate on as kids."

Hobbies/Leisure Activities:
"I like to work with video and edit it on my computer. I like to work out, train, MMA. I like to use the computer and go to concerts and stuff like that."

Hockey Inspirations:
"I'd say my father. He played junior hockey, he always motivated me, encouraged me to work hard and keep on pluggin'."

Nicknames:
"Right now I've got ‘Riles,’ ‘Cotes,’ ‘Riley Coyote.’ ”

Favorite Movies:
"Goodfellas."

Favorite TV Shows:
"I'd have to go with Two and Half Men."

Musical Tastes:
"I enjoy, I appreciate all types of music. If I had to choose – like Buck Cherry, Weezer, Blink 182. But I also like rap, country and all that stuff, too. The last concert I went to was Dave Matthews."

Last Book Read:
"(Laughs) Probably in Grade 3 – Charlotte's Web"

Favorite Meal:
"Salmon and pasta or salmon and rice."

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
"Don't really like ice cream, but I eat chocolate ice cream."

First Job:
"Paperboy when I was nine. Winnipeg Free Press."

First Car:
"1986 Buick Century."

Current Car:
"2009 Jeep Wrangler."

Pregame Feeling:
"For me, I actually get in kill mode and visualize how I'm going do my job, who the toughest are on their team. Just get jacked up and ready to go."

Greatest Sports Moment:
"Just making the NHL and being a part of the Philadelphia Flyers organization."

Most Painful Moment: "Never being drafted. It's every kid's dream is to get drafted. And that I wasn't selected – that was disappointing. Painful, but you keep going and keep working."

Most Memorable Goal: "That would have to be my only goal in the NHL, against the Montreal Canadiens (in 2007-08)."

Favorite Uniforms:
"I think the Flyers have the best uniforms."

Closest NHL Friends:
"There's a lot of them. All the boys here. Lots that have moved on. I can't really stick out one in particular."

Funniest Players Encountered:
"Tons of them. Hartnell's up there. (Arron) Asham. (Daniel) Carcillo. We've got a bunch of beauties on our team. So it's a close tie for everyone."XXX

Toughest Competitors Encountered:
"For me, (Donald) Brashear, (Georges) Laraque, there's tons of them, Colton Orr, there's lots up there, but those are probably the three toughest."

Funny Hockey Memory:
"I remember being in junior in Prince Albert and the rookies,  they put 'em in a grocery cart – taped 'em in there – put 'em in the middle of the street, in the median. Taped up and they'd have to rip out of the tape. And push the cart back to the arena in your jockstrap. So I thought that was pretty funny."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
"Geez, probably a couple of those. I remember one in my first year of junior in Swift Current, I ended up fighting a guy who I shouldn't have. Because I never really fought before. I can't remember his name. He was an older guy. I ended up fighting him. He smoked me pretty good. We went down. I get up and I started yelling at the ref because I thought someone jumped me off the bench and sucker-punched me. I got my bell rung – I didn't know what the hell was going on. So I kept losing it. They were trying to calm me down, telling me I got tagged pretty good. No one jumped off the bench. I kind of felt embarrassed. I was that rocked I didn't know what was going on. I got up, thought I was in a fight still. Losing it at the refs. I've seen guys get knocked out, they get up and think they won the fight and they're celebrating."

Strangest Game:
"Probably when I was in my first year with the Phantoms (2004), in the lockout year. We were in the playoffs and we were down 4-1 in the third period. And we scored, I think, six goals in a matter of 10 minutes and won the game like 7-4. Just never felt a feeling like that, the way the energy was in the building. And the momentum – I've never seen anything like it."

Favorite Players To Watch:
"A guy like Alexander Ovechkin is always fun to watch. You never know what he's gonna do. He's obviously the best out there right now. Plays hard, hits hard and plays the game the right way. Always entertaining to watch."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey:
"Probably football."
 
Last Vacation:
"I went to Vegas last summer."

Personality Qualities Most Admired:
"I like to see people that are easy-going. That are good-hearted people. That enjoy life, are positive. Don't like to be around negative people, drag you down. Just positive, hard-working people that can have fun."

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Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski is the author of "Heavyweight Armageddon: The Tyson-Lewis Championship Battle" and creator of two websites: www.thebiofile.com  and www.Tennis-prose.com.

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