Bulldogs’ defenceman gets call from Montreal

bulldogsHamilton Bulldogs defenceman Greg Pateryn has been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens.

Pateryn, 22, has played 22 games for the American Hockey League Bulldogs this season recording eight points (4 goals, 4 assists) and 15 penalty minutes. The native of Sterling Heights, Michigan played four seasons for the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Colligate Hockey Association, registering 43 points (6 goals, 37 assists), a plus-44 rating and 143 penalty minutes in 142 regular season games.

In 2009-10, Pateryn helped lead the Wolverines to a National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. The 6’2”, 219-pound defenceman played for the Ohio Junior Blue Jackets of the United States Hockey League in 2007-08 notching 27 points (3 goals, 24 assists) and 145 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games.

Pateryn was acquired by the National Hockey League’s Canadiens in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs with a second round pick in 2010 in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski. Pateryn was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fifth round, 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Griffins in Grand Rapids on Friday (March 8) at 7 p.m.