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A formal apology to Roger Cote

by Oilers Entertainment Group / Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton Oilers Roger Cote. Photo provided.

Oilers Entertainment Group would like to issue a formal apology to former Edmonton Oiler (WHA) Roger Cote and his family. In a special segment during the Farewell Rexall Place Night on April 6, 2016, the organization honoured members of the Oilers Alumni who have unfortunately passed on. In an extreme oversight and error, we included Mr. Cote in that portion of the program. Roger is alive and well, living in Garson, Ontario. For this action and any confusion or pain it caused Mr. Cote and his family and friends, we sincerely apologize.

We have been in close contact since the error with both Roger and his daughter Pamela. They have been incredibly kind and forgiving in dealing with this situation. We will be hosting the former Oiler and his son at a special Oilers game in the upcoming season at Rogers Place. We will also be inviting some of his WHA teammates to re-connect with Roger and share the evening with him.

Edmonton’s first-ever signing to the Alberta Oilers, Roger was well known around the League for playing with a toothpick in his mouth.

“I miss the sight of Roger Cote, the WHA Oilers defenceman who played with a toothpick wedged into his teeth, from shift to shift, pass to pass, somehow never swallowing the toothpick when he took an elbow to the face,” wrote Jim Matheson in his Farewell Rexall Place piece in the Edmonton Journal.

Roger played two seasons in Edmonton and went on to play a total of 155 games in the WHA. We thank Roger and his family for their understanding and are proud to call him Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler.

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