Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Sylvain Cote
Sylvain Cote came up through minor hockey in Quebec City and played midget hockey with the Ste-Foy Gouverneurs of the Quebec AAA league. In 1982-83, he joined the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts and scored 34 points as a major junior rookie. The following season, he improved to 65 points on the blueline and was named a Second Team All-Star. That summer, the Hartford Whalers selected him 11th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. After a year at the NHL level, Cote returned to the junior ranks in 1985-86 and scored 43 points in 26 games with the QMJHL's Hull Olympiques and was named a First Team All-Star. In the QMJHL playoffs, he scored 34 points including a league-best 28 assists in just 13 games. Cote also won a silver medal with Canada at the 1986 World Junior Championships and was named a tournament All-Star.

Cote played five years in Hartford before being traded to the Washington Capitals on September 8, 1991. In 1993-94, Cote registered a career-high 51 points and remained a steady performer on the Capitals' defense until being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jeff Brown in March, 1998. During the 1998-99 season, Cote was instrumental in helping the Leafs improve 28 points to reach the post season for the first time in three years.

In the fall of 1999, Cote was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2nd-round draft and midway through the season was traded with Dave Manson to the Dallas Stars. During the season Cote reached a personal milestone appearing in his 1000th career game and during the playoffs, helped the Stars reach the Stanley Cup finals where they lost to the New Jersey Devils.

In the summer of 2000, Cote signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals and went on to play two full seasons with the club before calling it a career after being released after only one game in 2002-03.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Ste-Foy Gouverneurs QAAA 46 18 29 47 117 5 0 3 3 8
1982-83 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 66 10 24 34 50
1983-84 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 66 15 50 65 89 5 1 1 2 0
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 0 2 2 13
1984-85 Quebec Remparts QMJHL 2 0 1 1 2
1984-85 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 3 9 12 17 -30
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1985-86 Binghamton Whalers AHL 12 2 4 6 0
1985-86 Canada WJC-A 7 1 4 5 4
1985-86 Hull Olympiques QMJHL 26 10 33 43 14 13 6 28 34 22
1985-86 Hull Olympiques M-Cup 5 0 3 3 14
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 2 8 10 20 +11 2 0 2 2 2
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 67 7 21 28 30 -8 6 1 1 2 4
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 78 8 9 17 49 -7 3 0 1 1 4
1989-90 Hartford Whalers NHL 28 4 2 6 14 +2 5 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 73 7 12 19 17 -17 6 0 2 2 2
1991-92 Washington Capitals NHL 78 11 29 40 31 +7 7 1 2 3 4
1992-93 Washington Capitals NHL 77 21 29 50 34 +28 6 1 1 2 4
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 84 16 35 51 66 +30 9 1 8 9 6
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 47 5 14 19 53 +2 7 1 3 4 2
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 81 5 33 38 40 +5 6 2 0 2 12
1996-97 Canada W-Cup 2 0 1 1 0
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 57 6 18 24 28 +11
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 59 1 15 16 36 -5
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 12 3 6 9 6 +2
1998-99 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 79 5 24 29 28 +22 17 2 1 3 10
1999-00 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 3 0 1 1 0 +1
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 6 18 24 14 -4
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 28 2 8 10 14 +6 23 2 1 3 8
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 68 7 11 18 18 -3 5 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 70 3 11 14 26 -15
2002-03 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 4 0
NHL Totals 1171 122 313 435 545 102 11 22 33 62


QMJHL Second All-Star Team (1984)
QMJHL First All-Star Team (1986)
Traded to Washington by Hartford for Washington's 2nd round pick (Andrei Nikolishin) in 1992 NHL Draft, September 8, 1991. Traded to Toronto by Washington for Jeff Brown, March 24, 1998. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for Chicago's 2nd round pick (Karel Pilar) in 2001 NHL Draft, October 8, 1999. Traded to Dallas by Chicago with Dave Manson for Kevin Dean, Derek Plante and Dallas' 2nd round pick (Matt Keith) in 2001 NHL Draft, February 8, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 7, 2000. Released by Washington, November 12, 2002.
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