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Erik Cole

Erik Cole  #72

Left Wing
NUMBER: 72 BIRTHDATE: November 6, 1978
HEIGHT: 6' 2" BIRTHPLACE: Oswego, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CAR / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 3rd   (71st overall)
GAME HIGHS: Goals: 3 / Assists: 4 / Points: 4 ... HAT TRICKS: 7 CAREER: 2006 Stanley Cup champion with Carolina...Has represented the United States three times: 2005 and 2007 World Championships, 2006 Olympics. 2014-15: Picked up his first two points (0-2-2) with DET on 3/6 vs. CGY...Led Dallas in hits at the time of his trade to Detroit...Picked up his 500th NHL point on 11/16 at CHI...Has a pair of two-goal games this season...Notched a season-high three points (2-1-3) on 1/4 at CHI...Had nine points (5-4-9) in 10 games prior to trade. OTHER: Has also played for Carolina, Edmonton, Montreal and Dallas...One of two players in NHL history to record penalty shots in back-to-back games (11/9/05 and 11/11/05).
USHL Second All-Star Team (1997) ECAC Rookie of the Year (1998) (co-winner - Willie Mitchell) ECAC First All-Star Team (1999) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1999) ECAC Second All-Star Team (2000) Signed as a free agent by Berlin (Germany), October 24, 2004. Traded to Edmonton by Carolina for Joni Pitkanen, July 1, 2008. Traded to Carolina by Edmonton with Edmonton's 5th round choice (Matt Kennedy) in 2009 Entry Draft for Patrick O'Sullivan and Carolina's 2nd round choice (later traded to Buffalo, later traded to Toronto Toronto selected Jesse Blacker) in 2009 Entry Draft, March 4, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to leg and upper-body injuries. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2011. Traded to Dallas by Montreal for Michael Ryder and Dallas' 3rd round choice (Connor Crisp) in 2013 Entry Draft, February 26, 2013. Traded to Detroit by Dallas with Dallas' 3rd round choice (Vili Saarijarvi) in 2015 Entry Draft for Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark and Detroit's 2nd round choice (Roope Hintz) in 2015 Entry Draft, March 1, 2015.
Quote of the Day

Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
World Cup of Hockey 2016