Blueliner back in the ’Dog house

bulldogsMontreal Canadiens have returned defenceman Greg Pateryn to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Pateryn, 22, played three games for the National Hockey League Canadiens after being recalled on March 7. Pateryn 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, he 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 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 IceCaps in St. John’s on Friday (March 15) at 6 p.m.