Charlie Cook (ice hockey)

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Charlie Cook
Charlie Cook.jpg
Born (1982-10-22) October 22, 1982 (age 38)
Port Huron, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Philadelphia Phantoms
Binghamton Senators
HC Sparta Praha
Modo Hockey
HC Davos
SCL Tigers
Hamburg Freezers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–2016

Charlie Cook (born October 22, 1982) is a former American professional ice hockey defenseman who played in the American Hockey League, Finnish Liiga, Czech Extraliga, and Swedish Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

After playing four years at Cornell University, Cook signed an amateur tryout with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his professional debut during the Phantom's last regular-season game against the Norfolk Admirals. He played three games during the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs to help the Phantoms win the Calder Cup. On July 17, 2005, Cook re-signed a one year deal with the Phantoms.[1] On July 17, 2006, Cook signed a one year contract with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL.[2] On July 17, 2007, Cook joined the Finnish professional team HIFK of the Liiga.[3] While playing for HIFK, Cook was selected to compete at the 2007 Deutschland Cup for Team USA.[4] Cook played 38 games for HIFK collecting 15 points. However, due to the return of defenceman Libor Ustrnula, Cook became a surplus foreign player and left the club to join HC Sparta Praha in the Czech Extraliga league.[5] His career with HC Sparta Praha was short-lived, however, as on June 27, 2008, Cook joined the Tappara of the Liiga on a one year contract.[6]

In December 2008, Cook joined Lukko of the Liiga, playing a total of 105 games and earning 45 points. After two seasons, Cooke signed a contract with Modo Hockey of the HockeyAllsvenskan for the 2010–11 season.[7] After playing in 22 games, Cook signed with HC Davos of the National League to play in the Spengler Cup.[8] On January 20, 2011, Cook joined the SCL Tigers.[9]

On June 29, 2011, Cook left the SCL Tigers to sign with the German Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[10]

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Cook was forced out of his position with European teams due to a need to sign NHL players. As a result, Cook signed with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL for the 2012–13 season. After playing nearly six years in Europe, Cook made his North American debut on October 14.[11] On August 20, 2013, Cook re-signed with the Las Vegas Wranglers.[12]

After not playing during the 2014–15 season, Cook joined VIK Västerås HK of the HockeyAllsvenskan in Sweden.[13]

In 2018, Cook was inducted into the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame.[14]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Second Team 2004–05
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2004–05 [15]
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team 2005 [16]


  1. ^ "PHANTOMS RE-SIGN COTE, COOK". July 7, 2005. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "SENATORS LAND AHL ALL-STAR VESCE". July 17, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Charlie Cook ja Ryan Vesce HIFK:hon". (in Finnish). July 17, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "COOK, VESCE TO REPRESENT USA AT DEUTSCHLAND CUP". November 5, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "Charlie Cook". (in Czech). Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Cook Staying in Finland". June 27, 2008. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Amerikanske backen Charlie Cook klar för MODO Hockey". (in Swedish). April 19, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Amerikaner Charlie Cook für den HC Davos". (in German). December 16, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Charlie Cook prend la direction de Langnau". (in French). January 20, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Charlie Cook quitte la Suisse pour la DEL". (in French). June 29, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Paul Delos Santos (October 19, 2012). "NHL labor dispute causes changes for players such as Wranglers' Charlie Cook". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Cook Wrangles New Deal with Las Vegas". August 20, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Costanzo, Paul (August 18, 2015). "Billins, Cook to play in Sweden". The Times Herald. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  14. ^ "Charlie Cook IV". Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "All Americans Honors". Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "All-Tournament Honors" (PDF). ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-05-12.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Brendan Bernakevitch
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
Succeeded by
John Dagineau