The Port Alberni Bombers are proud to announce that Gaelan Patterson has been named the first head coach and general manager in Port Alberni Bombers history.

Patterson is a native of La Ronge, Saskatchewan and was a 7th round draft pick of the Calgary Flames.

After completing a 4-year junior career with the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, Patterson embarked on a 8-year professional career which included stops in the AHL, ECHL, Norway, France and England.

Patterson has spent the past 3 seasons on the coaching staff of the SJHL’s La Ronge Ice Wolves.

The opportunity to become a head coach was too good of an opportunity for Patterson to pass up. “I’m very excited for the opportunity to join the Port Alberni Bombers. I look forward to working with Joe and the Bulldogs organization in developing the Bombers into a top end VIJHL organization. I believe in their vision and development model for the team and I feel this is a great opportunity for me to develop as a coach. I look forward to helping form a successful organization and helping players realize the goal of moving on to the next level.”

The hiring of Patterson was equally as exciting for the first year franchise. “The addition of Gaelan is a huge step for the Bombers. He’s experienced at the Jr A level, experienced as a player, and motivated to help develop players and move them on. We’re thrilled with what he will bring to our group.” said Joe Martin.

Patterson will officially join the Bombers in August.