|Hinote began his playing career with a two-season stint at the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1994-96, where he registered 41-48-99 and 42 penalty minutes in 67 games. After being selected by Colorado in the seventh round, 167th overall, of the 1996 Entry Draft, he collected 27-38-55 and 97 penalty minutes in 95 games over the next two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals. After signing with the Avalanche, he made his professional debut during in the 1997-98 campaign with the Hershey Bears, Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate. He went on 27-38-65 and 254 penalty minutes in 353 games with Colorado between 1999-00 and 2005-06 and participated in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his five full seasons with the club. He signed with St. Louis prior to the 2006-07 season and collected 11-14-25 and 129 penalty minutes in 150 games with the Blues, helping the club reach the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Hinote was born on Jan. 30, 1977 in Leesburg, Florida and grew up in Elk River, Minnesota. He and his wife, Amy, are the parents of a son, Charlie.