Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Danton Cole
Danton Cole was selected in the 6th round of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, 123rd overall, by the Winnipeg Jets.

Rather than attempt to turn pro at 18, Cole enrolled at Michigan State University. In his rookie season he scored 21 points in 43 games and helped the Spartans to the NCAA championship title. By his senior season, Cole scored 29 goals and 62 points.

At 21, Cole was ready to turn to professional hockey and played in 80 games with the Moncton Hawks, scoring 31 goals and 73 points. He was called up to Winnipeg for two games were he notched a goal and an assist.

In 1990-91, Cole appeared in 66 games for the Jets, scoring 13 goals and 24 points. In 1992-93, Cole joined the Tampa Bay Lightning where he played for just over two years. He had his best offensive season in 1993-94 when he scored 20 goals and 43 points in 81 games. Near the conclusion of the 1994-95 season, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils, who went on to capture their first Stanley Cup that spring.

Cole next saw NHL action in 1995-96 as a member of the New York Islanders. After ten games, he ended up in Chicago with the Blackhawks. He continued his pro hockey career in Germany for a year before returning to North America where he suited up for the Grand Rapids Griffins through the 1999-2000 season.

Upon retiring at the end of the 1999-2000 season, Cole was hired on as an assistant coach with Grand Rapids, a post he held for two seasons before becoming the head coach of the UHL's Muskegon Fury. After leading Muskegon to the UHL Championship, Cole returned to Grand Rapids as head coach in 2002-03.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Fraser Flags NAHL
1984-85 Aurora Tigers ON-Jr.A 41 51 44 95 91
1984-85 Aurora Tigers Cen-Cup
1985-86 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 43 11 10 21 22
1986-87 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 44 9 15 24 16
1987-88 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 46 20 36 56 38
1988-89 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 47 29 33 62 46
1989-90 Winnipeg Jets NHL 2 1 1 2 0 -1
1989-90 Moncton Hawks AHL 80 31 42 73 18
1989-90 United States WEC-A 10 2 1 3 6
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 66 13 11 24 24 -14
1990-91 Moncton Hawks AHL 3 1 1 2 0
1990-91 United States WEC-A 10 6 4 10 14
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 52 7 5 12 32 -15
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 12 15 27 23 -2
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 1 1 0 1 2
1993-94 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 20 23 43 32 +7
1993-94 United States WC-A 5 1 1 2 2
1994-95 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 26 3 3 6 6 -1
1994-95 New Jersey Devils NHL 12 1 2 3 8 0 1 0 0 0 0
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 10 1 0 1 0 0
1995-96 Utah Grizzlies IHL 34 28 15 43 22
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Indianapolis Ice IHL 32 9 13 22 20 5 1 5 6 8
1996-97 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 28 7 12 19 14
1996-97 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 35 8 18 26 24 5 3 1 4 2
1997-98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 81 13 13 26 36 -5 3 1 1 2 0
1998-99 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 72 14 11 25 50 -3
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
NHL Totals 318 58 60 118 125 1 0 0 0 0


Centennial Cup All-Star Team (1985) Traded to Tampa Bay by Winnipeg for future considerations, June 19, 1992. Traded to New Jersey by Tampa Bay with Shawn Chambers for Alexander Semak and Ben Hankinson, March 14, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 26, 1995. Traded to Chicago by NY Islanders for Bob Halkidis, February 2, 1996.
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