Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alain Cote
The Montreal Canadiens in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft selected Alain Cote in the third round, 43rd overall. He played three years in the QMJHL with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. In his NHL draft year in 1977, Cote scored 42 goals and 87 points in 56 points.

In 1977-78, Cote played in 27 games with the Quebec Nordiques, the WHA team that had also selected him in their 1977 draft. He scored three goals and eight points. The following season he played in 79 games, scoring 14 times while recording 27 points.

In 1979-80, Cote and the Nordiques joined the NHL with the demise of the WHA after just seven seasons. Starting with the 1981-82 season, Cote was the model of consistency, always dressing for at least 76 games, scoring 30 or more points in all but one of those seasons. The best year for Cote from a statistical standpoint was in 1983-84, when he had 43 points, including a career-high single season of 19 goals.

Cote proved his versatility when Quebec coach Michel Bergeron told him that he was needed to fill-in on defense. The move was seamless and he drew accolades from his coach and manger Maurice Filion, who said Cote seemed like a natural when inserted as a defenseman.

Cote played 12 years with the Nordiques, ten in the NHL and two in the WHA. In 696 NHL games, Cote delivered 103 goals and 293 points. He retired from the Nordiques, and pro hockey, following the 1988-89 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 57 15 29 44 43 10 2 2 4 6
1975-76 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 72 35 48 83 93 5 3 3 6 2
1976-77 Chicoutimi Sagueneens QMJHL 56 42 45 87 88 8 1 5 6 14
1977-78 Quebec Nordiques WHA 27 3 5 8 8 11 1 2 3 0
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 36 15 17 32 38
1978-79 Quebec Nordiques WHA 79 14 13 27 23 4 0 0 0 2
1979-80 Quebec Nordiques NHL 41 5 11 16 13 -8
1979-80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL 6 0 5 5 9
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 51 8 18 26 64 +9 4 0 0 0 6
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 23 1 6 7 14
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 79 15 16 31 82 -11 16 1 2 3 8
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 79 12 28 40 45 -1 4 0 3 3 0
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 77 19 24 43 41 +21 9 0 2 2 17
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 13 22 35 31 +12 18 5 5 10 11
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 78 13 21 34 29 -3 3 1 0 1 0
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 80 12 24 36 38 -4 13 2 3 5 2
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 76 4 18 22 26 +3
1988-89 Quebec Nordiques NHL 55 2 8 10 14 -1
NHL Totals 696 103 190 293 383 67 9 15 24 44


Selected by Quebec (WHA) in 1977 WHA Amateur Draft, June, 1977. Reclaimed by Montreal from Quebec prior to Expansion Draft, June 9, 1979. Claimed by Quebec from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.
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