Patterson excited to re-unite with Robbo
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze’s latest recruit, 26-year-old defenceman Gaelan Patterson joined the club this week with a glowing reference from player/assistant coach Brett Robinson.
On announcing the Canadian’s signing (here), his fellow countryman who spent two ECHL seasons in Boise, Idaho with Patterson said, “To go along with great qualities as a player, he is a great teammate, a leader and another guy with lots of character.”
The La Ronge, Saskatchewan native, who most recently played for Chamonix-Morzine of the French Ligue Magnus, is quick to return kind words for the player who has led Blaze for points over the past two seasons.
“I'm definitely looking forward to playing with player/assistant coach Robbo. He's a really good guy, and all-round player, and a great leader!”
Having spent a large part of his career in North America as a forward, like Jonathan Weaver of Blaze past, Patterson made the move to defence on a more permanent basis part-way through his second year with the Steelhead of Idaho.
Although, Patterson’s versatility is an attractive quality, the Calgary Flames draft-pick of 2009 is penned in to appear on the Blaze blue-line for the 2017/18 season, a position that has become comfortable for him in Europe with Chamonix-Morzine and before that Norway’s Sparta Sarpsborg.
“Basically all my life I’ve played in both positions, but the last few have been spent on defence where I enjoy being able to add offence as well as being responsible defensively. I think my strongest asset is my speed which really helps in many ways playing D.”
Being described by Robinson as a player who “can fly” and “raise fans out of their seat,” one memorable moment from the pair’s previous time together was Patterson’s assist in a fourth overtime period to end the longest game in ECHL history (137.18 - Idaho 3 Colorado 2, April 28 2014).
“That was a special game,” reminisced the new Blaze number 8. “We played the length of over two games in a row and it went on until at least 1-2am the following morning. It was an elimination game too, so getting that goal was quite a relief - it felt very good!”
Having iced alongside, Carl Hudson formerly of Cardiff Devils and now Milton Keynes Lightning and Peter Holecko, an alumni of Edinburgh Capitals, talk of the UK and the Elite League was likely a talking point whilst at Chamonix-Morzine last season. With Luke Moffatt also making the move from France to the UK with Manchester Storm, the opportunity with Blaze was one Patterson says he couldn’t pass up.
“I've heard really good things about Coventry and the Elite League. Many of my ex-teammates have played there and have had nothing but positive things to say. I'm very excited to get settled and get things going in August!”
See Gaelan Patterson and the 2017/18 Genting Casino Coventry Blaze hit the ice for the first time at the Skydome Arena on Wednesday 23rd August vs. Manchester Storm.