Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Coxe
Craig Coxe was selected in the fourth round, 66th overall in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. As a junior, he played two years with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. While it was apparent he had some offensive abilities, it was his size and willingness to mix it up that drew the attention of the pro scouts. Coxe averaged a point per game in his last junior season, scoring 45 points in as many games.

With the Detroit Red Wings already carrying an abundance of toughness and large forwards, the Red Wings moved Coxe's rights to the Vancouver Canucks. In 1984-85, Coxe played 62 games with the Fredericton Express of the AHL, scoring 15 points while accumulating 242 minutes in penalties. The Canucks were impressed by his tenacity and they called him up for nine games.

In 1985-86, Coxe secured a roster spot with the Canucks, appearing in 57 games. The following season he dressed for 64 games, scoring five goals and 17 points. Coxe also had brief stays in Calgary and St. Louis before playing his last NHL season in northern California with the San Jose Sharks in 1991-92.

During his relatively brief NHL career, Coxe became known as one of the league's premier fighters. He had several classic encounters against the likes of Edmonton's Dave Semenko and Detroit's "bruise brothers" Bob Probert and Joey Kocur. Coxe always looked upon that aspect of the game as being a service he was asked to provide, and was quite willing to do so. He says the toughest time for him was when he was traded by the Canucks to the Calgary Flames.

Coxe continued to play professional hockey in the minor leagues until the age of 36 when he retired after the 1999-2000 season while with the San Antonio Iguanas of the CHL. For recreation, Coxe enjoys biking and rollerblading, which led him to playing two seasons of organized summer roller hockey with the Phoenix Cobras and the Vancouver Voodoo in 1994 and 1995.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 St. Albert Saints AJHL 51 17 48 65 212
1982-83 Belleville Bulls OHL 64 14 27 41 102 4 1 2 3 2
1983-84 Belleville Bulls OHL 45 17 28 45 90 3 2 0 2 4
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 0 0 49 -5
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 62 8 7 15 242 4 2 1 3 16
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 57 3 5 8 176 -13 3 0 0 0 2
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 15 1 0 1 31 -3
1986-87 Fredericton Express AHL 46 1 12 13 168
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 5 12 17 186 -1
1987-88 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 3 5 32 +3 2 1 0 1 16
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 41 0 7 7 127 +3
1988-89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 8 2 7 9 38
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 25 1 4 5 66 -4
1989-90 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 5 0 5 5 4
1990-91 Vancouver Canucks NHL 7 0 0 0 27 -3
1990-91 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 36 9 21 30 116 6 3 2 5 22
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 2 0 2 19 -4
1991-92 Kansas City Blades IHL 51 17 21 38 106
1991-92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 6 4 5 9 13 10 2 4 6 37
1992-93 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 20 5 3 8 34
1992-93 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 12 1 1 2 8
1993-94 Tulsa Oilers CHL 64 26 57 83 236 11 4 9 13 38
1994-95 Acroni Jesenice Euroliga
1994-95 Tulsa Oilers CHL 12 7 7 14 28 7 0 1 1 30
1995-96 Huntsville Channel Cats SHL 20 7 13 20 56 10 8 13 21 33
1996-97 Tulsa Oilers CHL 64 29 59 88 95 5 2 2 4 8
1997-98 Tulsa Oilers CHL 25 11 22 33 34 -2
1997-98 Wichita Thunder CHL 31 9 29 38 75 +3 15 1 10 11 62
1998-99 Corpus Christi Ice Rays WPHL 53 10 30 40 44 -1 4 1 1 2 6
1999-00 San Antonio Iguanas CHL 20 1 5 6 33 -14
NHL Totals 235 14 31 45 713 5 1 0 1 18


Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, June 26, 1984. Traded to Calgary by Vancouver for Brian Bradley, Kevan Guy and Peter Bakovic, March 6, 1988. Traded to St. Louis by Calgary with Mike Bullard and Tim Corkery for Mark Hunter, Doug Gilmour, Steve Bozek and Michael Dark, September 6, 1988. Transferred to Chicago by St. Louis as compensation for St. Louis' signing of free agent Rik Wilson, September 27, 1989. Claimed by Vancouver in Waiver Draft, October 2, 1989. Claimed by San Jose from Vancouver in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Corpus Christi (WPHL), August 6, 1998.
Served as player/assistant coach with San Antonia (CHL) during 1999-2000 season.