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Paterson named Phantoms coach

Joe Paterson has been named head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms, it was announced today.

Paterson returns behind the bench after taking over the Phantoms’ coaching duties on an interim basis on Dec. 20, 2010. Under Paterson, Adirondack posted a record of 25-16-2-6 in 49 games.

"It goes without saying; we were pleased with the results of the hockey team as the season progressed," said John Paddock, assistant general manager of the parent Philadelphia Flyers. "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."

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."

"It was never a question in my mind whether Joe would return as head coach," said Phantoms forward Mike Testwuide. "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," Paterson said. "This is a great place to live and coach an American Hockey League team."

Also returning behind the bench for the Phantoms is assistant coach Riley Cote. This will be Cote’s second year as the Phantoms’ assistant 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 complement Joe and showed he was able to work well with the young players." said Paddock.