March 25, 2004 - South East Hockey League (SEHL) - Huntsville Channel Cats
HUNTSVILLE, AL Â– The South East Hockey League announced today that Huntsville Channel Cats forward, James Patterson, has been named the leagueÂ’s Most Valuable Player. The Wayne, Michigan native and Huntsville resident was chosen by a vote of the leagueÂ’s head coaches, team front office personnel, and media representatives from each of the four league cities.
Â“I knew James had a chance to be one of the better scorers in the league,Â” Channel Cats head coach, John Gibson, said. Â“He logged a lot of ice time this season in power plays and penalty kills. He was a big part of our offense. He is very deserving of this award.
Patterson had an outstanding SEHL regular season. He led the league in total points (119) and assists (74). He was third in the SEHL in goals scored (45). Patterson was also second in the league in game winning goals (11) and had an outstanding plus / minus rating of +29, as the Channel Cats won the SEHL regular season title with a record of 43 wins and 13 losses.
Patterson is a former rookie of the year in the Central Hockey League (with Huntsville in the 1999/2000 season). He played four years of college hockey at the University of Denver before turning pro with Huntsville in 1999. He is in his fifth professional season.
Â“It a tremendous honor to win the Most Valuable Player, but I didnÂ’t do it by myself,Â” Patterson said. Â“We had a lot of success and won a lot of games. I was surrounded by a good team that played at a very high level this season. I have to thanks my teammates and Coach Gibson for this award because they were a large part of my success.Â”
Patterson joins his coach in receiving post-season awards from the league. Gibson was named SEHL Coach of the Year on Wednesday.