The Edmonton Oilers apologized to Roger Cote and his family for accidently listing him as a deceased former player during the organization’s farewell to Rexall Place ceremony on April 6, 2016. Said the Oilers in a statement released by the team on their website Friday afternoon : In an extreme oversight and error, we included Mr. Cote in that portion of the program. Roger is alive and well, living in Garson, Ontario. For this action and any confusion or pain it caused Mr. Cote and his family and friends, we sincerely apologize. We have been in close contact since the error with both Roger and his daughter Pamela. They have been incredibly kind and forgiving in dealing with this situation. We will be hosting the former Oiler and his son at a special Oilers game in the upcoming season at Rogers Place. We will also be inviting some of his WHA teammates to re-connect with Roger and share the evening with him. Cote played with the Oilers when they were in the WHA, before they moved to the NHL. He was well known for wearing a toothpick in his teeth. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest today ] The Edmonton Journal’s longtime Oilers beat reporter Jim Matheson wrote about Cote in his column about Rexall Place before the final game. I miss the sight of Roger Cote, the WHA Oilers defenceman who played with a toothpick wedged into his teeth, from shift to shift, pass to pass, somehow never swallowing the toothpick when he took an elbow to the face. Wrote the Sun Media about Cote’s toothpick in a 2012 story saying it looked like it "was surgically attached to his lower lip." Mass Live also wrote about Cote when he was a member of the Springfield Indians of the AHL. According to HockeyDB , the 76-year-old Cote played 119 games for the Oilers organization – first with the Alberta Oilers, then the Edmonton Oilers. His last pro season came in 1974-75 with the Indianapolis Racers. s/t Pro Hockey Talk MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY - - - - - - - Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @joshuacooper
NHL teams find focus and motivation in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in different ways. Some will have a puzzle that gets filled with each win. Some hand out postgame hats or jackets. Others have locker-room traditions, like a particular pump-up or celebration song. Which brings us to the unlikely, yet completely feasible, union of the Dallas Stars and country pop singer Shania Twain. In waiting to speak to the Stars before Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series, reporters were delayed from speaking to players until the playing of (and singing long with) Shania Twain’s “You’re Still The One” was over. Stars center Jason Spezza did the policing, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Imagine their surprise when Spezza said they had to wait until the Shania Twain song was over. Captain Jamie Benn, reading the vibe from his teammate, walked over to the modern-day "boombox" and turned the volume up to 11. Rituals, after all, are rituals. The Stars were blown out in Game 3 of their series against the St. Louis Blues, 6-1, making Game 4 all but a must-win. So they blasted Shania: And after the Game 4 overtime win against the Blues, evening their series at 2-2, Spezza had a message to the media: First thing Jason Spezza said to me when I walked in the Stars room: "Shania." Grin. — Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) May 6, 2016 The Stars have channeled Shania Power all season long in their locker room , but the national media has just taken notice during the playoffs. As has Ms. Twain, as evidenced by this exchange with Benn: @ShaniaTwain 👍🏼 we only listen to the best! #playoffpumpupmusic — Jamie Benn (@jamiebenn14) May 6, 2016 There’s something absolutely precious to think that the Dallas Stars, as they rallied to defeat the Blues, have “Ain't nothing better/We beat the odds together/I'm glad we didn't listen/Look at what we would be missing” floating through their heads during every goal celebration. So what's next? Shania song as a goal song? Shania Power vs. Mr. Carrie Underwood in the conference final? And will she ever have to atone for this treason?
(WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.) PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup." In episode four, Greg and Dave discuss NHL suspensions, Stanley Cup playoffs, happy Leafs fans, and fired coaches. Also, Dave presents Game of Thrones 101 to Greg and the boys recreate a Pierre McGuire/Tony X interview. This episode is sponsored by Seat Geek : use promo code SOUP for $20 your first purchase! Follow @wyshynski , @davelozo and @PuckSoupPodcast on Twitter!