Gladiators agree to terms with Patterson

DULUTH, Ga. – Goaltender Kent Patterson will return to the Gwinnett Gladiators for the 2015-16 season, the team announced.

Patterson, 25, joined the Gladiators in January after starting the season with the Orlando Solar Bears. In 37 ECHL games played last season Patterson accrued a 9-20-5 record, a 3.35 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. In 2013-14, Patterson played in 40 regular-season games for the Denver Cutthroats of the Central Hockey League, picking up 23 wins, a 2.71 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage as he led the team to the league’s Presidents’ Cup Finals.

The Plymouth, Minn. native was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to starting his professional career, the netminder played for four years at the University of Minnesota.