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Oilers acquire Erik Cole from Hurricanes

Tuesday, 01.07.2008 / 12:10 PM / Transactions
By Edmonton Oilers Press Release
Erik Cole (26) salutes the crowd following his goal in the final minute of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
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The Edmonton Oilers have acquired left wing Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenceman Joni Pitkanen.

The 6’2”, 205 pound forward from Oswego, New York is coming off his sixth NHL season with Carolina that saw him finish third on the Hurricanes scoring list with 22-29-51 in 73 games. His 22 goals were third most for the Hurricanes and marked his third consecutive 20-goal season.

Ten of his goals came on the powerplay as he finished second on the Hurricanes behind Eric Staal’s 14 powerplay goals. Cole added four game-winning goals and was tied for fifth on the Hurricanes with a +5 plus/minus ranking. A hard hitting forward, he led the Hurricanes in hits with 186 to finish 18th in the NHL. In 2006-07 he ranked ninth in the NHL with 222 hits.

A member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team, Cole has played six full seasons with Carolina since turning pro in 2000-01. In 418 career games, the 29-year-old forward has scored 129-151-280 with 406 penalty minutes. He ranks sixth all-time on the Hurricanes scoring list and is third in goals and shorthanded goals (7), fourth in penalty minutes, sixth in assists and PPG (32) and seventh in games played. He scored a career-high 29-32-61 in 71 games in 2006-07 and netted a single-season high 30 goals in 2005-06.

A member of the Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup championship team, Cole has scored 6-3-9 with 30 PIM in 25 playoff games.

A NCAA East second team All-American in 1998-99 with Clarkson University, he played three seasons of collegiate hockey for the Golden Knights, scoring 52-51-103 in 103 games from 1997-98 to 1999-00. He also skated for Team USA at both the 2005 and 2007 IIHF World Championships.

Erik Cole
6'2, 205 lbs
Born: Nov. 6, 1978 in Oswego, NY

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996-97 Des Moines USHL 48 30 34 64 140 5 2 0 2 8
1997-98 Clarkson NCAA 34 11 20 31 55          
1998-99 Clarkson NCAA 36 22 20 42 50          
1999-00 Clarkson NCAA 33 19 11 30 46          
1999-00 Cincinnati IHL 9 4 3 7 2 7 1 1 2 2
2000-01 Cincinnati IHL 69 23 20 43 28 5 1 0 1 2
2001-02 Carolina NHL 81 16 24 40 35 23 6 3 9 30
2002-03 Carolina NHL 53 14 13 27 72          
2003-04 Carolina NHL 80 18 24 42 93          
2004-05 Berlin DEL 39 6 21 27 76 8 5 1 6 37
2005-06 Carolina NHL 60 30 29 59 54 2 0 0 0 0
2006-07 Carolina NHL 71 29 32 61 76          
2007-08 Carolina NHL 73 22 29 51 76          
  NHL Totals   418 129 151 280 406 25 6 3 9 30
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