If there was one thing Terrence Patrick learned in his first trip to Montreal, keeping an eye on the field during the game is paramount.
Patrick was a raw rookie in his third game with the Calgary Stampeders when Demetrious Maxie broke his ankle at Molson Stadium.
But the defensive lineman almost missed the call to get on the field.
"I was talking to somebody on the sidelines and not really paying attention to what was going on," Patrick said about the win last year.
"Then coach (Tom Higgins) looked at me and asked, 'Are you going in or not?'
"Maxie was laying there and I didn't notice. It was my first game back. I just went in and played well. It was a great experience."
That performance solidified Patrick's spot on the team. He was toiling on special teams in the two games he'd played with the Stampeders but quickly proved he could step in for the veteran Maxie on defence.
"When you get thrown into the situation like that, you're just trying to remember what the play call and remember your responsibility," he said.
"I was facing (perennial all-star Uzooma Okeke) right off the bat. They have a real good offensive line."
Since then, the Stamps have rotated Patrick in for Maxie and Rahim Abdullah and the second-year player has made the most of his chances.
He has three quarterback sacks this season, good enough for fourth on the team, and the Brooklyn native has established himself a solid run-stopper as well.
The pro career was set in motion during the trip to Montreal so tomorrow's game will stir some fond memories.
"I'm going to have it in the back of my mind when I step on the field," Patrick said. "I'm going to give it my best to keep those memories great. I love playing there because the fans are crazy in that stadium."
CHATMAN TO PLAY: A slightly sprained ankle won't keep Jermaine Chatman from chasing after his first interception tomorrow.
The second-year Stampeders defensive back sat out practice Monday after tweaking his ankle in practice and would have pushed through if not for trainer Pat Clayton sitting him out.
He return to drills yesterday and is intent on breaking his pick drought against the Alouettes, who threw six interceptions as a team last week against Toronto.
"It bothers me but I'm not going to force it," Chatman said. "It's not like I'm playing badly. I'll sit back and do my job because things will come to me. I'm not worried about it."