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Steve Coates


Steve Coates

Steve Coates
Born (1950-07-02) July 2, 1950
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Detroit Red Wings
Richmond Robins
Springfield Indians
Maine Mariners
Philadelphia Firebirds
Syracuse Firebirds
Calumet-Houghton Chiefs
Des Moines Capitols
Kansas City Red Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1973–1980

Stephen John Coates (born July 2, 1950) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently the radio color commentator for the Philadelphia Flyers on 97.5 The Fanatic, after spending 14 seasons with the Flyers television team.

Coates played five NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings during the 1976–77 season during a career mostly spent in the minors.


  • Playing career 1
  • Broadcasting career 2
    • "Coatesy's Corner" 2.1
  • Personal Life 3
  • Career statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

Coates' professional hockey career began when he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1973 as a free agent after four seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies. After playing in four seasons in the Flyers' minor league system, he was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings along with Terry Murray, Bob Ritchie, and Dave Kelly in exchange for Rick Lapointe and Mike Korney during the 1976–77 season. In five games for the Red Wings that season, he scored one goal for his only NHL point. He spent the next three years playing in the Central Hockey League (CHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL) before retiring.

Broadcasting career

Coates started his broadcasting career with the Flyers in 1980 as a radio color commentator, and switched over to television in 1999. He spent the next 14 seasons on television as a color commentator and between-the-benches reporter for the Flyers before moving back to radio at the start of the 2014–15 season.[1]

"Coatesy's Corner"

From 1999 to 2011, Coates was the host of a short segment that aired during the first intermission of local Flyers television broadcasts, filmed prior to the game. These segments included interviews, explanations of NHL rules, analysis of current NHL events, and sometimes skits with Flyers players for comedic purposes. During the 2010–11 season, Coatesy's Corner began to air less and less and was eventually officially retired by the end of the season.

Personal Life

Coates currently resides in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey.[2]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1969–70 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 3 0 0 0 4
1970–71 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 33 7 9 16 46
1971–72 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 30 7 9 16 36
1972–73 Michigan Tech Huskies WCHA 34 11 11 22 28
1972–73 Calumet-Houghton Chiefs USHL 4 5 6 11 7
1973–74 Des Moines Capitols IHL 72 31 39 70 167 10 6 3 9 35
1974–75 Richmond Robins AHL 50 7 7 14 168 7 3 0 3 7
1975–76 Richmond Robins AHL 69 25 19 44 141
1976–77 Springfield Indians AHL 57 17 23 40 122
1976–77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 1 0 1 24
1977–78 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 63 14 20 34 83
1977–78 Maine Mariners AHL 15 3 2 5 11 6 0 2 2 8
1978–79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 74 15 25 40 107
1979–80 Syracuse Firebirds AHL 67 10 23 33 95
NHL totals 5 1 0 1 24
AHL totals 332 77 99 176 644 13 3 2 5 15


  1. ^ Randy Miller (2014-09-22). "Flyers analyst Steve Coates admits having ego, but embracing move from TV to radio". Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  2. ^ Lulgjuraj, Susan. "Egg Harbor Township's Steve Coates in Flyers' corner as their voice on radio, TV", The Press of Atlantic City, June 3, 2010. Accessed March 12, 2011. "When loyal fans think about the Flyers, the Egg Harbor Township resident often comes to mind. The 59-year-old has broadcast Flyers games on radio and television for the last 30 years."

External links

  • Steve Coates's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Steve Coates's biography at Legends of Hockey
Preceded by
Chris Therien
Philadelphia Flyers Radio Color Commentator
1980–99, 2014–Present
Succeeded by
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