Blaze add Gaelan Patterson to blue-line
The Genting Casino Coventry Blaze are pleased to welcome 26-year-old Canadian defenceman Gaelan Patterson to their 2017/18 Elite League roster.
The La Ronge, Saskatchewan native joins the club from Chamonix-Morzine of the French Ligue Magnus where after signing in November of last year, he posted 3 goals, 14 assists for 17 points in 29 games.
Before that, the 6'1" left shooter had an impressive first season in Europe with Norwegian side Sparta Sarpsborg registering 27 points in 51 games (11+16).
Prior to his European adventure, after being drafted and signing a three-year entry-level deal with the NHL's Calgary Flames in 2009 (7th round 201 overall), Patterson logged 120 games in the AHL with Abbotsford Heat (9 goals, 19 assists).
230 games and 103 points (33 goals, 70 assists) in the ECHL followed over a three year spell with Utah Grizzlies and Idaho Steelheads, where Patterson notably registered a first assist at 137.18 to win the longest game in ECHL history (Idaho 3 Colorado 2, April 28 2014).
Whilst now considered a defenceman, parts of Patterson pro-career in North America and particularly at junior level with Saskatoon Blades of the WHL were spent as a forward. Registering 142 points in 263 WHL games, such versatility could prove crucial over the course of the EIHL season.
Player/Assistant Coach Brett Robinson said, "I've had the pleasure of playing with Patty for two seasons in Idaho and I'm extremely excited to make it a 3rd in Coventry.
"The first thing that our fans will love about him is his skating - he can fly! He has the ability to raise you out of your seat and change the game with his speed from the back-end. But, he also fills a lot of other areas for us. He plays a great full-ice, two-way game, and he makes it very tough on other teams with his speed and ability to jump in the rush and add extra offence from a defensive position.
"He comes with good experience in some of the highest leagues throughout North America and Europe and will be expected to eat up high level minutes in all situations for us.
"Particularly, his ability on the powerplay is a big attraction to Danny and myself. He has great vision and his passing ability will be a huge asset.
"Finally, to go along with all of his great qualities as a player, he's great teammate, a leader and another guy with lots of character. We are extremely excited to have him on-board. He is going to play an important role in our success this season."