Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Kent Patterson and defenseman Justin Sefton.
Patterson as drafted in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He played two games for the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League last season, going 1-1-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. In 40 games with Denver of the Central Hockey League he posted a 23-10-7 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922. Patterson completed his rookie season in 2012-13, playing five games for Lake Erie with a 1-2-1 record, 2.55 goals-against average and .907 save percentage, and 33 games for Denver going 14-10-6 with a 3.01 goals-against average and .910 save percentage.
A native of Plymouth, Minn., Patterson played four seasons (2008-12) for the University of Minnesota, posting a career record of 44-29-9 with a 2.46 goals-against average and a save percentage of .912. In his senior season (2011-12), Patterson was the WCHA Goaltending Champion, a WCHA First Team All-Star, an NCAA Second Team All-American and was named to the WCHA All-Academic team.
Sefton was selected in the third round (89th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He starts his rookie campaign after playing the last five seasons (2009-14) in the OHL, finishing his career with 95 points (28g-67a) and 526 penalty minutes in 327 games. The Thunder Bay, Ontario native served as an alternate captain for the Saginaw Spirit in 2013-14, as well as for the Sudbury Wolves from 2011-13. He made his professional debut last season, playing in one game for the Fort Wayne Komets and picking up two penalty minutes.