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Catching Up With…Joe Paterson

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
By Sean Mathys

Joe Paterson played with the Kings as a left winger for three seasons between 1985 and 1988 before being traded to the Rangers. He played a total of 124 games with the Kings and recorded 12 goals and 22 assists.

While with the team Paterson played with players including Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and Luc Robitaille. In the 1987 he played in two playoff games with the Kings before the team lost to the Edmonton Oilers (who went on to win the Stanley Cup that year) in the first round.

Paterson recently has made a return to the Kings. He is now working for the Kings as a Pro Scout under Rob Laird. We recently caught up with him to talk about return to the Kings and his playing days in Los Angeles and the NHL.

Q: What is the most memorable moment you experienced with the Kings as a player?

A: It was probably the year making the playoffs. We had a team that was still trying to build when I played there. The team was still on the bubble. It’s great to be back with the Kings. It is something I am excited about.

Q: Who did you enjoy playing with the most in your career?

A: There were a lot of good players there. I remember I was staying in the hotel a week before Christmas and Dave Taylor came and picked a couple of us up and had us over for Christmas dinner. There wasn’t San Jose and there wasn’t Anaheim back then so we had to travel a lot and we spent a lot of time together as a team. We were a close group with Jay Wells, Luc Robitaille and Dionne among others.

Q:  For the fans that never saw you play, can you describe your style of play?

A: I would say I was a hard working player who was ready to play every night. I worked hard at both ends of the rink forechecking and going into the corners on the offense assault. I was a physical player as well who would stand up for my teammates.

Q: Your last season was in 1992.  Having been retired for more than 20 years, how do you look back on your career now?

A: I think I got the most out of myself. There are certain things you can’t control as a player but if you give a good effort every single day and you come to work to compete it rewards. I probably played with guys who had more talent than me but didn’t go as far when we younger playing hockey.

Q: Since you’ve hung up the skates what have you been doing in hockey?
A: I started off in coaching. My first job was with Adirondack as an assistant coach. We had a lot of players that went on to win a Stanley Cup. I was there for three years and then I went on to Sault Ste. Marie and coached there.

Q: What about coaching drew you to it?

A: I think it was being able to be involved in the game and give something back to the players. It is rewarding to see players have success and want to grow at the American Hockey League level. When you’re involved at that part of it you are around the game a lot. You’re around it every single day in terms of being close and being on the ice. There still is an adrenaline rush when you’re coaching with winning and losing.

Q:  How did this opportunity to be a scout with the Kings come about?

A: I started scouting for the Philadelphia Flyers last year and I heard there was an opening with the Kings and I applied for the job. Scouting is really enjoyable. I cover mainly the American Hockey League. It is a great development league for the NHL and you see players that are called up daily to different teams and they come back and players are sent down. It is such a comparative league.

Q: Who do you enjoy watching play on the Kings the most and why?

A: Dustin Brown is great. He is a strong forward and I like how he competes for position and always fights to get to the front of the net. He constantly gets in a position to block the goalies vision and deflect shots towards the net.

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