Riley Cote is a former professional ice hockey left winger who played four National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and was mainly known as an enforcer. Upon retiring from the Philadelphia Flyers Riley founded the Hemp Heals Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that promotes cannabis/hemp as a viable renewable resource, that can help people increase quality of life and perform better. Cote is a co-founder of Athletes For Care, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports.
Riley Cote is a co-founder of Bodychek Wellness that specializes in organically grown hemp-derived CBD extracts and functional mushroom blends that help flush inflammation, increase recovery time and optimize everyday performance. The line reinforces Cote’s passion to help individuals discover safe nontoxic methods for pain management and self-healing.
Since retiring from professional hockey in 2010, Riley Cote has embarked on a quest of holism, healing and alternative/natural medicines. Riley decided to take a different approach with his own personal wellness and he became a student of life, committed to personal development and spiritual growth. He began attending classes through the American Institute of Holistic Theology which opened his mind to massive change. Riley studied different philosophies and perspectives on nutrition, exercise, recovery, plant medicine and overall wellness.
Riley is a former Canadian professional ice hockey left winger and formerly an assistant coach with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). He played eight years of professional hockey including 4 in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Philadelphia Flyers and was mainly known as an enforcer. Undrafted after completing juniors, Cote was a walk on to the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp in fall 2002. He impressed the Leafs staff, signed a one-year contract, and was assigned to the Leafs Central Hockey League affiliate, the Memphis RiverKings. While called up to the St. John's Maple Leafs, Toronto's American Hockey League affiliate, a few times during the 2002–03 season, he spent most of his rookie year with the RiverKings and was with them when they won the CHL championship that season. Not re-signed by the Leafs, Cote was signed to a two-way contract by the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL and entered the training camp for their NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, in fall 2003. Columbus released him and he returned to the Crunch. An eye injury caused during a pre-season scrimmage resulted in Cote being assigned to the Crunch's ECHL affiliate, the Dayton Bombers, for much of the 2003–04 season.
Cote was recruited back to the RiverKings for the 2004–05 season but was offered a try-out contract by the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms just before the season began. The Phantoms extended his contract twice through the season and Cote eventually spent the entire season with Philadelphia, accumulating a team-leading 280 penalty minutes in the process, and helped the Phantoms win the Calder Cup as league champions. Shortly after the season ended, the Phantoms signed him to a one-year contract. After participating in the Philadelphia Flyers training camps in the fall of 2005 and 2006, Cote was signed to a two-way contract by the Flyers in 2006–07. Early in the season, he was assigned to the Phantoms and shortly after suffered an ankle injury that kept him from playing for two months. Late in the season, Cote played in his first 8 NHL games with the Flyers, making his NHL debut on March 24, 2007 against the New York Islanders. Cote was recognized for his contributions to the community when the Phantoms named him as the team's 2006–07 Man of the Year. Cote was re-signed by the Flyers to a one-year contract for the 2007–08 season and made the team out of training camp. On July 2, 2008 the Flyers announced they had signed Cote to a three-year contract extension.
Name: Riley “Riles” Cote
Sport /Position: NHL, left winger
Length of Career: 4
Team: Philadelphia Flyers
Career Highlights: 2002–03: Ray Miron President's Cup Memphis RiverKings, 2004–05: Calder Cup Philadelphia Phantoms; 2006–07: Man of the Year, Philadelphia Phantoms, 2007–08: Pelle Lindbergh Memorial, Philadelphia Flyers
Riley retired on August 9, 2010 and was named an assistant coach of the Adirondack Phantoms.
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