and Assistant Cote to Guide Team in 2011-12
May 20, 2011
Glens Falls, NY – Today
the Adirondack Phantoms, in collaboration with
their NHL Affiliate Philadelphia Flyers, proudly
announce that Joe Paterson has been hired as the
team’s Head Coach.
Paterson returns behind the bench
after taking over the coaching duties on an interim
basis on December 20th of last season. His record
of 25-16-2-6 was near the top in the AHL during
that period of time.
“It goes without saying;
we were pleased with the results of the hockey
team as the season progressed. Joe was able to
pass on his passion and knowledge of the game
to the players and they responded in a like way
with good results.” said John Paddock, Flyers
Assistant General Manager.
Phantoms Co-Owner Jim Brooks added
“We are excited to have Joe returning. He
and the team experienced success during his time
last season. Now he will have the opportunity
to reproduce that from training camp onward.”
Current Phantoms player Mike Testwuide
echoes those sentiments, “It was never a
question in my mind whether Joe would return as
Head Coach. He brings so many positive attributes
and is dedicated to improving every player on
the roster. We are fortunate to have someone with
such great passion for the game and his players.”
Paterson’s familiarity with
the region runs deep. He played for the Adirondack
Red Wings for parts of four seasons, was an assistant
coach for the Red Wings and currently makes his
home in the North Country. “Joe’s
a hometown guy who , like us, wants to help AHL
hockey work in the Adirondacks and understands
the hard work and commitment necessary on and
off the ice to make that happen.” said Phantoms
Co-Owner Rob Brooks.
“I have a passion for coaching
and being able to coach in the place I call home.
This is a great place to live and coach an American
Hockey League team.” said Joe Paterson.
Also returning behind the bench
for the Phantoms is Assistant Coach Riley Cote.
This will be Cote’s 2nd year as the Phantoms
Assistant Coach after an extensive playing career
for the Phantoms and Flyers.
“We considered Riley’s
first season of coaching a strong success under
sometimes trying circumstances, he was able to
compliment Joe and showed he was able to work
well with the young players.” said Paddock.
The Phantoms new Head Coach Joe
Paterson will be available from 1pm to 2pm today
for media interviews at the Phantoms offices in
the Glens Falls Civic Center or by calling the
Phantoms corporate offices at 518-480-3355.