Defenceman Greg Pateryn went from being a Maple Leafs’ draft pick to a member of the Montreal Canadiens’ organization in a matter of days.

Today, the University of Michigan product is primed to embark on a professional career with the Habs after coming over to Montreal in the trade that sent Mikhail Grabovski to the Leafs prior to the start of the 2008-09 season.

“I got a call from the Leafs’ director of player development to tell me that I was traded,” said Pateryn. “It was 8 o’clock in the morning. That was definitely a different way to start the day.”

Pateryn finished as the top defenceman along the University of Michigan blueline and was pleased with his development.

“I feel like a better person and a better player all around.”

Listen in as Kinsesiology Major Greg Pateryn joins CJAD’s Abe Hefter in The Locker Room.


About ahefter

I have covered hockey extensively during my 30-year sports broadcasting career. From the Miracle on Ice at Lake Placid to the Edmonton Oiler dynasty years, I've shared my views on hockey with listeners in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. You can "catch me in action" on Youtube at the following URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n5BdB9ngYw My radio stops include TSN 690 Montreal, CJAD Montreal, CKNW Vancouver, and CKEY Toronto. I also ran the Canadian Press sports desk (radio). My travels as a network reporter have taken me to four Olympics, most recently Vancouver 2010. I'm currently an Applied Assistant Professor within the School of Communication at the University of Hartford.
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