Kent Patterson will serve as the Waterloo Black Hawks’ goaltending coach in 2019/20, his second season with the organization, the Black Hawks announced Monday.
Waterloo netminders had a strong 2018/19 campaign under Patterson’s supervision. Three different Black Hawks (Jared Moe, Logan Stein, and Evan Fear) were named the United States Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Week at different points during the season. As a group, Moe, Stein, and Fear limited opponents to 2.79 goals per game, which tied for fourth-best in the USHL. Waterloo recorded five shutouts last winter.
“We were very impressed with Kent’s demeanor and manner with our goalies,” said Black Hawks Head Coach P.K. O’Handley. “Kent has been where they are and he has been where they want to be, and that provides added weight when he is talking about either the physical or the mental part of being a goaltender.”
Patterson is a former member of the USHL All-Rookie Team (2006/07) from the first of his two seasons with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. He spent four years at the University of Minnesota, starting for the Gophers as a junior and senior. A 2007 NHL Draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, Patterson took the crease for Avalanche affiliates over two seasons beginning in 2012, and remained in professional hockey through the winter of 2017/18.
Patterson also coaches goalies in the M.E.G.A. Total Development goaltending program, serving as West Director/Lead Instructor for the Twin Cities-based organization.