Draft: Carolina 1998 (3-71-3)
First NHL Game: Oct. 5, 2001 in a 3-1 win vs. NY Rangers
First NHL Point: Oct. 5, 2001 an assist in a 3-1 win vs. NY Rangers
First NHL Goal: Oct. 24, 2001 in a 7-3 win at Minnesota
Most Goals, Game: 3 - 5 times (Last: Nov. 13, 2009 in a 5-2 Edmonton win at Washington)
Most Assists, Game: 4 - 2 times (Last: April 7, 2009 in a 9-0 Carolina win vs. New York Islanders)
Most Points, Game: 4- 4 times (Last: April 7, 2009 in a 9-0 Carolina win vs. New York Islanders)
Most Penalty Minutes, Game: 19 - March 6, 2008 in a 3-2 Carolina win vs. Minnesota
Shootout Statistics: 5 attempts, 1 goal (20%), 1 game-deciding goal
Erik and his wife, Emily, have a daughter, Bella (9), and a son, Landon (6)... They have a dog named Libby... The Coles spend their summers in Raleigh ... Erik lists his biggest hockey influences as his parents and his hero growing up as Mario Lemieux... His first job was as a pizza delivery man... Erik’s favorite movie is The Hangover... He played baseball, soccer, football and golf growing up, and still enjoys golf... Erik and Emily have their own charitable foundation, the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation, which benefits youth programs in New York and North Carolina... Cole’s own annual golf tournament, Score For Oswego, benefits The Dream Big Foundation... Erik’s favorite book is Sh*t My Dad Says... His guilty pleasure is ice cream... He enjoys going to movies to kill time on the road and his favorite game-day ritual is the afternoon nap... Erik’s most prized possessions are his kids... His favorite television show is Entourage, favorite bands are Nickelback, the Black Eyed Peas and Fall Out Boy and favorite Web site is nhlpa.com... Erik speaks “a little French”... His favorite vacation spot is Cabo and his favorite holiday is Christmas... He says if he wasn’t playing professional hockey he would work for the Geek Squad... His plan for life after hockey is to play golf and spend time with his family... His first youth hockey team was the Oswego Sub Shop... There is now a sandwich at the Sub Shop named after him... He says Jon Heder would play him in a movie about his life... Erik’s favorite team outside of hockey is the New York Yankees and his favorite current athlete is Ray Whitney... His favorite road city is New York... His favorite road arena is the Bell Centre and his favorite team to play against is Montreal... His favorite place to visit in the Triangle is Dos Taquitos.
Completed his eighth NHL season and eighth with the Hurricanes... Reached the 10-goal mark for the eighth consecutive NHL season, despite missing 42 games due to injury... Scored his 10th goal of the season, registered three hits and was (+1) at ATL (3/29)... Found the net for the ninth time this season and blocked three shots at TB (3/23)... Scored a pair of goals, registered five hits and was (+1) vs. BOS (3/16)... Assisted on Staal’s goal and was (even) in 12:38 of ice time vs. PIT (3/11)... Returned to action at TOR (3/2) after missing 31 games with an upper- body injury... Removed from injured reserve 1/3 but did not return to the lineup... Placed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury 12/11... Earned his sixth career
hat trick and fifth with the Hurricanes and was (+1) vs. VAN (12/5)... Scored his third goal of the season and assisted on Samsonov’s goal vs. ATL (11/27) for his first multi-point game of the season... The assist marked his 300th point with the Hurricanes... Netted the game-tying goal with 2.9 seconds remaining vs. TOR (11/19)... Assisted on Sutter’s goal and was (+1) at MTL (11/17)... Registered a season-high eight hits in 18:46 of ice time vs. NYI (11/13)... Netted his first goal of the season at CBJ (11/7)... Was activated from injured reserve and registered five hits in 20:24 of ice time vs. SJ (11/1)... Left the game at BOS (10/3) with a leg injury following a collision with Dennis Wideman... Led the team with four hits, vs. PHI (10/2)... Games missed due to injury: 42 (leg: 10/6-10/31; upper body: 12/11-2/13; illness: 3/10)... Longest point streak: 2 games (11/17-11/19: 1g, 1a; 3/29-3/31: 1g, 1a)... Multi-goal games: 2 (last: 3/16 vs. BOS: 2g, 0a)... Multi-point games: 3 (last: 3/16 vs. BOS: 2g, 0a).
Is in his ninth NHL season and ninth with the Hurricanes... Selected by Carolina with the 71st overall pick in the third round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft... Traded to Edmonton in July 2008, but re-acquired by Carolina in March 2009 as part of a three-team trade... Signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes on 7/1/09... Represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 2005 and 2007 IIHF World Championships.
1995-96: Tallied 90 points (49g, 41a) in 40 games for Oswego (NY) High School.
1996-97: Played for Des Moines in the United States Hockey League (USHL), notching 64 points (30g, 34a) and 140 penalty minutes in 48 games.
1997-2000: Played three seasons of collegiate hockey for Clarkson (ECAC)... Totaled 103 points (52g, 51a) in 103 games... Completed his sophomore season tied for the ECAC lead in goals (22) and was named to the ECAC First All-Star Team and the NCAA East Second All-American Team... Led Clarkson in points and goals his sophomore and junior seasons... Was named to the ECAC Second All-Star Team following his junior year... Left Clarkson at the conclusion of his junior season to join Carolinas top minor-league affiliate in Cincinnati (IHL) for the conclusion of their season... Totaled seven points (3g, 4a) in nine regular-season games and two points (1g, 1a) in seven playoff games for the Cyclones.
2000-01: Played the entire season with Cincinnati (IHL) and was eighth on the team in scoring with 43 points (23g, 20a)... Was tied for fourth on the team in goals (23).
2001-02: Completed his first NHL season with the Hurricanes... Led all rookies and was fifth in the NHL in hits (257)... Was fourth among all rookies in points (40), fifth in goals (16) and tied for second in assists (24)... Had a pair of assists, including earning an assist on Ron Francis 500th career NHL goal, vs. BOS (1/2)... Recorded his first NHL hat trick vs. ATL (12/21)... Tallied a pair of assists for his first career multi-assist game vs. CBJ (11/19)... Scored his first NHL goal at 12:42 of the third period at MIN (10/24), beating Dwayne Roloson... Also had an assist in the game, his first NHL multi-point game.... Missed his only game of the season at WSH (11/8) due to the flu... Recorded an assist on Sandis Ozolinsh's goal just 28 seconds into his NHL debut vs. NYR (10/5)... Led all NHL rookies in goals (6) and points (9) in the postseason... Was tied for third among rookies in assists (3) and was first in shots (68)... Scored a pair of goals and added an assist in Game 6 of the Conference Semifinals at MTL (5/13)... Established franchise playoff records for fastest goal from the start of a game (25 seconds) and fastest two goals by one player (3:08)... Also matched franchise record for most goals in a playoff game (2).... Scored the game-tying goal in Game 4 at MTL (5/9)... Scored his first career playoff goal -- the game-winning goal -- in his first career playoff game in Game 1 vs. NJ (4/17).
2002-03: Missed the final 29 games of the season after suffering a broken bone (fibula) in his lower left leg at TB (1/30)... Had been selected to particpate in the 2003 YoungStars Game at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Sunrise, Fla., but was unable to attend due to the injury... Had a goal, earned an assist and was named second star of the game vs. FLA (1/24)... Scored a power-play goal to tie the game at OTT (12/7). Set a career high with 15 penalty minutes in the game... Scored the game-winning goal at NSH (12/3) for the second consecutive game... Netted two goals, one on the power-play at CBJ (11/30)... Notched his second career hat trick at MTL (11/23) and second career shorthanded goal. Also had an assist in the game to set a new career high for points in a game with four... Played in his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game vs. OTT (11/19), netting his first career shorthanded goal... Notched his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist vs. ATL (10/11)... Missed 29 games due to injury (leg - 2/5-4/6).
2003-04: Was second on the team in goals (18), penalty minutes (93) and shooting percentage (10.5 percent)... Was third in points (42) and fifth in assists (24)... Notched his second three-point game of the season with a goal and two assists at FLA (4/4)... Was unsuccessful in a penalty shot attempt vs. NYI (4/2)... Scored the game winner at CBJ (3/8) for his 100th career NHL point... Netted his 14th goal of the season in his 200th career NHL game vs. NJ (3/6)... Tallied the game-winning, shorthanded goal at TOR (1/27)... Scored the Hurricanes' first goal vs. BUF (1/25)... Netted the game-tying goal on an end-to-end rush with under four minutes to play vs. OTT (1/11)... Scored just 24 seconds into the game and added an assist vs. ATL (11/13)... Assisted on Francis' power-play goal vs. LA (11/8) but left the game in the second period with a hyperextended right elbow... Celebrated his 25th birthday by tallying a goal and two assists vs. NYR (11/6)... Scored the Hurricanes' first goal of the 2003-04 season at FLA (10/9)... Missed two games due to injury (elbow: 11/9; hamstring: 3/23)...
2004-05: Notched 27 points (6g, 21a) and 76 penalty minutes in 39 regular-season games for Eisbaren Berlin... Tallied five goals and added an assist (6 points) in eight playoff games and was named Most Valuable Player of the German league playoffs as Berlin captured the championship... Represented the United States at the 2005 IIHF World Championships in Austria, tallying six points (1g, 5a) and six penalty minutes in seven games.
2005-06: Ranked tied for seventh in the NHL in game-winning goals (8) despite missing the final 22 games of the season... Attemped five penalty shots, one short of the NHL record set by Detroit’s Ebbie Goodfellow in 1934... Sustained a compression fracture in a vertebra in his neck after being boarded by Brooks Orpik with 5:18 remaining in the game at PIT (3/4)... Scored two goals in that game prior to the injury... Tallied one goal and two assists (3 points) in six games for the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy... Matched his career-highwith four points - including his third career hat trick - at MTL (1/31)... Reached the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career vs. ATL (1/28)... Became the second player in NHL history to take penalty shots in two consecutive games (Esa Pirnes, LA, Oct. 10 and Oct. 12, 2003) at FLA (11/11)... Became the first player in NHL history to take two penalty shots in a game when he was awarded penalty shots on two separate plays in the third period at BUF (11/9)... Scored on his first penalty shot and earned two assists... Games missed due to injury: 22 (neck: 3/6-4/16)... Completed his second NHL playoff season and second with Carolina, capturing his first Stanley Cup... Registered a team high nine hits in Game 7 vs. EDM (6/19)... Returned to action for the first time since March 4 to make his 2006 playoff debut in Game 6 at EDM (6/17)... Playoff games missed due to injury: 23 (neck: 4/22-6/14).
2006-07: Established new career highs with 32 assists and 61 points… Ranked fourth on the team in goals (29), fifth in assists (32) and fifth in points (61)… Ranked second among Hurricanes forwards in plus/minus (+2)… Led the team and ranked ninth in the NHL with 222 hits… Scored one goal and had four assists (5 points) in seven games for the United States during the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Russia following the season… Scored his 25th goal of the season and earned an assist at MTL (2/17)… Scored his 100th career NHL goal at WSH (1/27)… Netted his 20th goal of the season and assisted on Walker’s goal at FLA (1/16)… Scored the game-winning goal in overtime at FLA (12/23)… Earned his 200th NHL point with an assist on Staal’s goal at TB (12/16)… Played his 300th career game vs. OTT (11/28)… Scored a goal and had three assists – the first three-assist game of his career – at WSH (11/17)… Earned two assists, including his 100th for his NHL/Hurricanes career vs. PIT (11/11)… Earned his fourth career hat trick with a trio of goals vs. WSH (11/9)… Games missed due to injury: 11 (lower-body contusion:1/30; lower-body/muscle tear: 2/10-2/15; 2/20-3/4).
2007-08: Ranked tied for third on the team in scoring (51 points) and third in goals (22), playing in 73 games for Carolina... Led the Hurricanes and ranked 11th among league forwards with 186 hits... Earned his third consecutive 20-goal season... Was second on the team in shots (216) and second on the team in power-play goals (10)... Scored Carolina's first goal - the eventual game winner - during a first-period power play at CHI (3/12)... Netted the game-winning goal vs. MIN (3/6) before being assessed a career-high 19 penalty minutes for an altercation with Aaron Voros after Voros boarded Eric Staal at the 5:59 mark of the third period... Played in his 400th NHL game vs. ATL (2/21)... Earned his third consecutive multi-point game with a goal and an assist at FLA (12/20)... Missed nine games due to injury or illness (foot: 10/20-10/26; neck: 11/14-11/21; illness: 2/18).
2008-09: Hurricanes skaters in hits (180) and fourth on the team in takeaways (49)... Had 15 points (2g, 13a) in 17 games for Carolina after re-joining the team on 3/4... Team went 12-3-2 after his re-acquisition... Was sixth on the team in goals (18)... Matched his career high with four assists vs. NYI (4/7)... Earned a career-high four assists at TB (3/7)... Scored a goal and registered five hits in his return to the Hurricanes vs. CGY (3/6)... Acquired on 3/4 as part of a three-team trade with Los Angeles and Edmonton... Notched 16 goals and 11 assists (27 points) in 63 games with Edmonton prior to the trade... Earned his fifth career hat trick and first with Edmonton with three goals at WSH (1/13)... His third goal at WSH (1/13) marked his 300th career NHL point... Scored his first goal with the Oilers at CGY (10/17)... Assisted on Visnovsky’s game-winning goal for his first career Oilers point at ANA (10/15).