Scrappy winger Patrick Cote was born in Lasalle, Quebec on January 24th, 1975. Cote was a 2nd round draft pick of the Dallas Stars and made his NHL debut with the during the 1995-96 season. In the three seasons Cote was in the Stars organization he played just 8 games for them. His real opportunity to play at the NHL level came when he was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.
With Nashville Cote was given an opportunity to play every day and provided the first year club with a physical presence. Cote scored a goal and 2 assists while accumulating 242 penalty minutes. The following year his games played dropped to just 21 appearances as the result of hand injury. On June 12th, 2000 the Predators dealt the tough forward to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers had substantially more depth then the Predators and Cote found himself in tough to crack their lineup. Though much of the year was spent toiling in the minors Cote was able to dress for six games in the 2000-01 season, with the rest of his time spent with Hamilton of the American Hockey League. At the end of the hockey year Cote became an unrestricted free agent.