Erik Cole
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 06/11/1978
DRAFTED: CAR: 1998-71 overall
USHL Second All-Star Team (1997) ECAC Rookie of the Year (1998) (co-winner - Willie Mitchell) ECAC First All-Star Team (1999) NCAA East Second All-American Team (1999) ECAC Second All-Star Team (2000) Signed as a free agent by Berlin (Germany), October 24, 2004. Traded to Edmonton by Carolina for Joni Pitkanen, July 1, 2008. Traded to Carolina by Edmonton with Edmonton's 5th round pick (Matt Kennedy) in 2009 NHL Draft for Patrick O'Sullivan and Carolina's 2nd round pick (later traded to Buffalo, later traded to Toronto Toronto selected Jesse Blacker) in 2009 NHL Draft, March 4, 2009. Missed majority of 2009-10 due to leg and upper-body injuries. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, July 1, 2011. Traded to Dallas by Montreal for Michael Ryder and Dallas' 3rd round pick (Connor Crisp) in 2013 NHL Draft, February 26, 2013. Traded to Detroit by Dallas with Dallas' 3rd round pick (Vili Saarijarvi) in 2015 NHL Draft for Mattias Backman, Mattias Janmark and Detroit's 2nd round pick (Roope Hintz) in 2015 NHL Draft, March 1, 2015. Missed remainder of 2014-15 due to upper-body injury vs. Arizona, March 24, 2015.

Recorded his 400th NHL career point (goal) on November 17 against the Islanders at New York.

Scored his 200th NHL career goal on December 31 at Florida.

Tallied 3 goals in 5:12 (setting a team record for the fastest hat trick from the beginning of a game – 5:41 into the first period), 7 shots on goal and a +2 differential on March 23 against Ottawa.

Played his 700th career game in the NHL, and recorded 3 points (2-1-3), 6 shots on goal and a +2 differential on April 4 against Tampa Bay.

Became the first Canadiens player to score 35 goals in a season, on April 7 against Toronto, since Alex Kovalev (2007- 08).

One of only 2 players (J. Gorges) to take part in the team’s 82 games.

Led the team in goals (35), powerplay goals (11) and game winning goals (6).

Led the team’s forwards in differential (+11), hits (186), total ice time on the powerplay (267:44), total ice time at even strength (1,239:46) and average ice time per game at even strength (15:07).


Led Carolina and was tied for 4th in the NHL in game-winning goals (9).

Fourteen of his 26 goals came in the 3rd period or overtime.

Was selected as the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy.