My name is Zach Patterson and I live in Cadillac, Michigan. I am 5’10” and 185 lbs. I have been playing hockey since I was six years old. Along with hockey I played football through my sophomore year of high school and baseball through eighth grade. I recently decided to forgo football and baseball to devote more time to hockey. Hockey has helped me become more outgoing and to be a leader; it has shaped my life, made me a better person, and gave me many new friends.
From age six to twelve I played hockey in my hometown. My first year of travel hockey was during my second year of Pee Wee. That year I was voted team captain. The pace of the game was faster and the skill of the players was higher. That is one of the reasons why I decided to play in Traverse City the following year. I played for the Bantam A North Stars where I was voted alternate captain. Our season was very successful with a winning record and tournament wins. I continued playing in Traverse City my Bantam AA year for the Pepsi Rangers with a more successful record. My sophomore year of high school I played for the Cadillac High School Varsity team. That season Cadillac posted its best year in school history. We made it all the way to the quarter finals in playoffs. I learned a lot from my coaches and the veteran players that year, as it was my first year as a defenseman.
During the 2010-2011 season I played my first year of Midget Major AAA for the Soo Indians in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Though our team struggled, it was a very good experience for me. The pace of the game was much faster and the skill level was a lot higher than high school. Even though we did not win many games, we played against some good competition and it gave me a feel of how I need to play to improve myself to move on to juniors and college hockey.
On the ice I am an aggressive player by playing the body and moving the puck to the open player. I have played both forward and defense which has helped me become a versatile player. In the beginning of my hockey career I played center. During my high school Varsity year my coach needed me as a defenseman and I decided to take the challenge. Since then I have continued to stay at that position. I am a very coachable player, I listen to the coaches and heed what they say and incorporate it into what I do on the ice. I am a hard worker and a good teammate. I am open to new things to help me become a better, faster, stronger hockey player. Off the ice I am responsible, courteous, and represent each team I play for in a positive way.
My ambitions are to play Tier I or Tier II junior hockey and move on to play college hockey. The location of a school or team is not an issue for me; I am there to play hockey and better myself as a player while getting a good education.