MONTREAL - Former NHL player Patrick Cote was sentenced to 30 months in prison earlier this week after pleading guilty to two counts of armed robbery.
Cote pleaded guilty on June 4 in a suburban Montreal courthouse and is prohibited from possessing a firearm for the rest of his life.
The 39-year-old native of LaSalle, Que., was stranded at the side of the road in Candiac after police discovered he was driving a vehicle that was reported stolen in Ontario.
He was then taken to the police station to be interviewed by the investigators. During his interrogation, Cote admitted to being involved in two bank robberies in the area a few days earlier.
The first robbery occurred on May 23 at a CIBC branch in Brossard.
"The individual, wearing a beige three-quarter length coat, appeared in the bank and handed a note to one of the clerks," said Constable Mark David, a spokesman for the Longueuil police. "On paper, it was written that he was armed and wanted the contents of the drawer."
The former NHL tough guy reportedly fled with a little over $2,000.
A few days later, Cote struck again, this time in a branch of the Laurentian Bank, located in Saint-Constant.
This is not Cote's first brush with the law, as he has a criminal history of drug, assault, robbery, aggravated assault and break and enter, just to name a few.
Cote was selected in the second round, 37th overall, by the Dallas Stars at the 1995 NHL draft.
In 105 career games with the Stars, Nashville Predators and Edmonton Oilers, Cote scored one goal and added two assists while compiling 377 penalty minutes.
- with files from Claudia Berthiaume