Former Predators' tough guy sent to prison for armed robberies

Patrick Cote was the first — and maybe the best — Nashville Predators enforcer.

Now 39 years old, Cote has been on the wrong side of law enforcement for much of his post-playing career. Earlier this week, he was sentenced to 30 months in prison for two counts of armed robbery.
According to reports, officers arrested Cote when they found him stranded in a car that was reported stolen. During interrogation, he admitted involvement in two bank robberies, the first of which occurred May 23.

He pleaded guilty in court on June 4.

His legal issues have come on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. In 2002, he was pulled over for speeding in New York and charged with possession of more than 14 kilograms of marijuana. His criminal record reportedly includes “drugs, assault, robbery, aggravated assault and break and enter.”

The Predators claimed Cote from Dallas in the 1998 expansion draft. He set a franchise record and led the NHL with 30 fights in 1998-99, Nashville’s inaugural season. He dropped the gloves another 12 times (in just 21 games played) in 1999-00 then was traded to Edmonton following that season. He last played in the NHL in 2000-01.

The Stars drafted him in the second round (37th overall) by Dallas in 1995.