The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL signed defenseman Vytal Cote on Thursday. Cote is joining his fourth ECHL team after playing 35 games last season with the Adirondack Thunder, Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Fort Wayne Komets.
In 2017-18, Cote played 26 games with the Thunder, five games with the Swamp Rabbits and four games with the Komets. His lone ECHL point was an assist for the Thunder in a 3-2 Adirondack win over Worcester Railers on Dec. 13. Cote notched an assist on a goal by Eric Neiley at 15:22 of the second period.
Prior to last season, Cote played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2012 to 2015 with the Victoriaville Tigres, Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Val D'Or Foreurs. He then played with three teams over two seasons in the Southern Professional Hockey League with the Fayetteville FireAntz, Evansville Thunderbolts and Mississippi RiverKings. In addition to playing in the ECHL, Cote also played 17 games for the RiverKings in 2017-18 and had four goals and eight assists for 12 points, 34 penalty minutes and was a +8. He also played one postseason game for Mississippi in the President's Cup playoffs and had two penalty minutes.
At 6'2", 200 pounds, Cote is 22 years old. He shoots right. Cote also has a bit of toughness to his game. While with the Valley Wildcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League, Cote had 185 penalty minutes during the 2015-16 season. It was the second most penalty minutes in the MJAHL that season.
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