Hailing from Pincher Creek, Alberta center Ray Cote was born on May 31st, 1961 and played his junior hockey with the Calgary Wranglers. Cote turned professional in 1981 when he inked a deal with the Edmonton Oilers.
Cote's first pro season was spent in the minors with the Wichita Wind and his entire second campaign was also spent in the minors, this time with the Moncton Alpines of the American Hockey League. At seasons end Cote got the call from Edmonton and joined the Oilers for the 1983 playoffs.
With Edmonton that spring Cote suited up for 14 games and scored 3 goals and 2 assists for five points. During the next two seasons Cote joined the Oilers for 15 more games, this time all during the regular season, but he was unable to record a point.
After his time in the Oilers organization Cote had four stints with the Canadian National Team, two seasons in Germany and two in Austria before retiring following the 1991-92 campaign, which was his second tour of duty in Germany.