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Former Adirondack Red Wing Joe Paterson Named New Head Coach of Phantoms

Paterson Previously Joined Phantoms In November As Assistant Coach

 

 

 

 

December 20, 2010

 

 

 

 

The Adirondack Phantoms announced today Joe Paterson has been named the new head coach.  John Paddock, who had been serving as the interim head coach of the Phantoms since November 8, will return full-time to his duties as assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Paterson, 50 (6/25/60), was named an assistant coach with the Phantoms the same day Paddock was named the interim head coach of the club.  He had been serving as a scout for the Atlanta Thrashers organization when he joined the Phantoms.

"I'm honored to be the head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms," Paterson said.  "It's a place where I first came to play in the AHL as a player, and it's also the place where I got my first coaching job as an assistant.  We still have some things to do to improve upon as a team, but the building blocks are in place and we're going to continue to build."

Paterson is a resident of Lake George, NY. He played four seasons for the Adirondack Red Wings from 1980-84 after the Detroit Red Wings made him their 5th round selection in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. His best season with the Adirondack Red Wings came in 1981-82 when he played in 72 games and scored 22 goals and 28 assists. In his other three seasons with Adirondack he split his time with several call-ups to Detroit.

Paterson played for the legendary Bill Dineen in 1983-84. Paterson had John Paddock as his head coach in 1985-86 when both were with the Hershey Bears. Hershey was Philadelphia's AHL affiliate at the time.

Paterson played in 169 games for Adirondack scoring a total of 52 goals and 122 points. He also served as an assistant coach of the Adirondack Red Wings for two season from 1992-94 under Newell Brown.

This is Paterson's second head coaching assignment in the American Hockey League.  He was the head coach of the Louisville Panthers, at the time the primary affiliate of the Florida Panthers, for two seasons from 1999-2001. He posted a record of 63-81-12-4 and led the team to a 42-win season and the Calder Cup playoffs in 1999-2000.  Paterson also served as head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-97, during which time he coached current San Jose center Joe Thornton.

"We are very excited to have Joe on board as our new head coach," Phantoms co-owner Rob Brooks said.  "Having a local connection coaching the Phantoms is a great asset for the organization and we feel confident Joe will continue to develop the players on the ice and in the community."

"When John was named interim head coach on November 8, we did not want it to be for the remainder of the season and we believe this is the right time for Joe to take over the head coaching reins," Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said.  "Joe's wealth of experience in the American Hockey League and his strength as a teacher of young hockey players will be very beneficial to the continued development of our prospects in Glens Falls." 

In addition to his four years of head coaching experience, Paterson brings to the Phantoms an additional 11 years of experience as an AHL assistant coach.  His most recent position was with the Toronto Marlies, the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was an assistant coach for four seasons from 2005-2009.

Prior to that, Paterson was an AHL assistant in the Edmonton Oilers organization for three seasons from 2002-05.  He also served in that capacity for the Beast of New Haven (Carolina Hurricanes) from 1997-99, coaching under current Flyers assistant coach Kevin McCarthy.  He made his coaching debut as an assistant with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992, where he spent three seasons (1992-95).

A former Flyer, Paterson was initially drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round (87th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.  His 13-year professional career started on a high note in 1980 when, upon the end of his junior career, he joined Detroit's International Hockey League affiliate, the Kalamazoo Wings, and helped the team win its second consecutive Turner Cup championship.

Paterson played parts of two seasons in the Flyers organization.  He was acquired from Detroit along with Murray Craven in exchange for Darryl Sittler on October 10, 1984.  He played in 11 regular season games for the Flyers, accumulating 43 penalty minutes.  He was also part of the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1985, contributing three goals and four assists along with 70 PIM in 17 games.  He spent most of the two seasons with the Flyers' AHL affiliate in Hershey, posting 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 points, along with 241 PIM, in 87 games.

Over parts of nine seasons in the NHL with the Flyers, Detroit, Los Angeles, and the New York Rangers, Paterson recorded 19 goals and 37 assists for 56 points and collected 829 penalty minutes in 291 games.

Paterson will make his debut as the head coach of the Phantoms on Sunday, December 26, when they visit the Binghamton Senators.

 

Phantoms Upcoming Games
Sunday, December 26 - Adirondack at Binghamton - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 28 - Adirondack at Syracuse - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 29 - Manchester at Adirondack - 7 p.m.

Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games are on sale now. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages.

The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6 million fans attend AHL games every year.

Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey! A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

 

Joe Paterson
Left Wing
Born Jun 25 1960  -- Toronto, ONT
Height 6.02 -- Weight 205 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 5 #87 overall 1979 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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1977-78  London Knights              OHA    68   17   16   33  100
1978-79  London Knights              OHA    60   22   19   41  158
1979-80  Kalamazoo Wings             IHL     4    1    2    3    2   3   2   1   3  11
1979-80  London Knights              OHA    65   21   50   71  156
1980-81  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    38    2    5    7   53  --  --  --  --  --
1980-81  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL    39    9   16   25   68  --  --  --  --  --
1981-82  Detroit Red Wings           NHL     3    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
1981-82  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL    74   22   28   50  132   5   1   4   5   6
1982-83  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL    36   11   10   21   85   6   1   2   3  21
1982-83  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    33    2    1    3   14  --  --  --  --  --
1983-84  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL    20   10   15   25   43  --  --  --  --  --
1983-84  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    41    2    5    7  148   3   0   0   0   7
1984-85  Hershey Bears               AHL    67   26   27   53  173  --  --  --  --  --
1984-85  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL     6    0    0    0   31  17   3   4   7  70
1985-86  Hershey Bears               AHL    20    5   10   15   68  --  --  --  --  --
1985-86  Philadelphia Flyers         NHL     5    0    0    0   12  --  --  --  --  --
1985-86  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    47    9   18   27  153  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    45    2    1    3  158   2   0   0   0   0
1987-88  Los Angeles Kings           NHL    32    1    3    4  113  --  --  --  --  --
1987-88  New York Rangers            NHL    21    1    3    4   63  --  --  --  --  --
1988-89  New Haven Nighthawks        AHL     7    0    0    0   24  --  --  --  --  --
1988-89  New York Rangers            NHL    20    0    1    1   84  --  --  --  --  --
1988-89  Denver Rangers              IHL     9    5    4    9   31  --  --  --  --  --
1989-90  Flint Spirits               IHL    69   21   26   47  198   4   0   1   1   2
1990-91  Binghamton Rangers          AHL    80   16   35   51  221  10   5   3   8  25
1991-92  Binghamton Rangers          AHL    49    7   10   17  115   5   0   0   0   4
1991-92  Phoenix Roadrunners         IHL     2    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
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         NHL Totals                        291   19   37   56  829  22   3   4   7  77

  

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