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The Daily Chum: Giving Craig Coxe his due

San Jose Sharks

It seems only fitting the first goal in San Jose Sharks history came from a kid from Chula Vista, California. Okay, so being from the small town 466 miles away from the town Team Teal calls home isn’t quite the same as if Coxe had grown up in Livermore, but give me a break. In what was, and is, unquestionably a non-traditional market the Sharks got their first goal from a player with similar qualities.

First goal is at 5:44 if it doesn’t auto-play from the correct spot.

Known more for his fighting than his goal scoring, Coxe went on to score just once more with the Sharks and only played in 10 games with San Jose. His seven year career came to a close after his brief stint with the Sharks and Coxe now coaches at Cheboygan High School in Michigan. The Chiefs went 15-10-1 last season and made the playoffs.

Coxe began his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks. He was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round of the 1982 draft but couldn’t come to terms with the Winged Wheels. Coxe joined the Canucks in 1984 as an unrestricted free agent. After 145 games with the Canucks, he was traded to Calgary for Brian Bradley, Kevan Guy and Peter Bakovic.

Despite the trade, Coxe eventually found his way back to Gastown. After a season with the St. Louis Blues, Coxe re-signed with the Canucks and played there for two years before the Sharks selected him in the expansion draft. San Jose took Coxe with their final pick of the expansion draft.

It seems fitting that Coxe’s first goal with the Sharks came against his former team. It was one of just four goals he scored away from Vancouver and his only other goal as a member of the Sharks came against another former team — the Calgary Flames. After his time with the Sharks wrapped up (his last NHL game was on Oct. 26, 1991) Coxe continued to ply his trade in roller hockey and back with lower level hockey squads.

While with the San Antonio Iguanas in 2000, Coxe both played and was the assistant coach. That role seemed to suit him okay. He may be most famous in Vancouver for his epic bouts with Bob Probert, but here in San Jose we’ll always remember him for potting the first goal in Sharks history.