STORM SIGN FORWARD PATON

Manchester Storm have signed forward Matt Paton to their roster for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

The 24-year-old will play his first full professional year with the Storm after a very successful junior and college career.

The left-handed shot forward scored 35 goals and added 39 assists for 74 points in 103 games and four years with Nipissing University in the CIS.

Paton also spent time last season in the SPHL with Knoxville Ice Bears, where he scored seven (5+2) regular-season points in 10 matches.

He then added three points in the playoffs, including a goal in the deciding game two of the three-match final series as Knoxville beat Mississippi Riverkings to win the playoffs.

Storm player-coach, Omar Pacha, said: “Matt is coming straight from college to the Elite League. He is young and hungry for success.

“He has good size at 6’2 and is a very fast and explosive skater. He plays with a lot of grit and tenacity.

“He has a great shot and he works hard every single night. In his last two years in college, he developed his offensive game as well.

“Mike McParland (his coach at Nispissing) only had great words for him and sees a very bright pro career for Matt.

“We are extremely excited to have him on board.”

Paton said: “I am delighted to have signed for the Storm and the opportunity to experience life in a great city.

“I am very excited to get things started in Manchester and look forward to helping this team become successful.

“We are building a young and hungry team who will come to play each night.

“It’s a very exciting period for me and one I intend to grab with both hands.”

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