Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders have hired Brandin Cote as the team’s new assistant coach.
Cote, a Swift Current product, coached the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League for the past two seasons. Last year, he guided the Red Deer squad to a 19-11-4 record.
During the off-season, Cote coached at the Carolina Hurricanes Development Camp and led the Edmonton Blue team at the 2016 Alberta Cup.
He also was behind the bench for the Bentley Generals, a senior men’s team out of Alberta, from 2012 to 2014. Cote and the Generals won the Allan Cup, the senior men’s national championship, in 2013. Cote has also spent time as an assistant coach with the Red Deer College Kings and the Red Deer College Queens of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.
During his playing days, Cote dressed in 352 career regular season games with the Spokane Chiefs from 1996 to 2002, registering 255 career points. He was named captain for his final two years with the Chiefs. He was also named the 2002 CHL Humanitarian of the Year.
Following his WHL career, Cote spent three seasons with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, suiting up for 189 games. During the 2005-06 campaign, he went overseas to play for the Nottingham Panthers of the Elite Ice Hockey League.
The next season, he started with the ECHL’s Texas Wildcatters before rejoining the Admirals. Cote then went back to Europe for the next two seasons, playing in Italy and Germany.
Cote earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 2013. He has been the co-ordinator and an instructor at the hockey academy program at St. Patrick’s Community School in Red Deer.