Former Predator Patrick Cote gets 30 months in prison for bank heists

Former NHL tough guy Patrick Cote was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in prison after admitting to robbing two Montreal-area banks, according to online reports.

A one-time NHL enforcer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to committing two bank robberies in Montreal, according to online reports.

Montreal radio station CJAD is reporting Patrick Cote, a second-round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1995, confessed to the heists in May after police questioned him in connection with a stolen vehicle. The report says the car had broken down when police spotted it.

The 39-year-old Cote played 105 games in the NHL, scoring once and compiling 377 penalty minutes. His most prolific season came in 1998-99 when, after being claimed by the Predators in the expansion draft, he registered 242 PIM (fourth-highest in the NHL that season) on the strength of 30 fighting majors.

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Nashville traded the LaSalle, Que., native to Edmonton for a fifth-round pick in 2000. He played six games for the Oilers and 16 for AHL Hamilton that season before entering the NHL/NHLPA Behavioral and Substance Abuse Program.

He spent the following seven seasons toiling for three teams in Quebec’s semi-pro league, amassing 320 PIM in 28 games for Laval in 2003-04.