Leafs kids make smart moves

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:25 PM ET

The college kids on the Maple Leafs did not forsake their mortarboard cap and gown when they left school to jump to the NHL.

Tyler Bozak and Viktor Stalberg intend to complete their degrees any way they can at Denver and Vermont, respectively, and Brayden Irwin will be returning to Vermont to write final exams next week.

“I didn’t start anything this year, but Denver offers classes online or I’m looking into taking something there in the summer,” said the Saskatchewan-born Bozak, a general business major, whose father runs the Global TV station in Regina. “And my parents wouldn’t let me not finish.

After kidding with his Frat Pack linemate about his lazy study habits, Stalberg admitted he was one year shy of a finance degree.

“I’d like to finish, but it’s hard to get back there,” said the Swedish native, whose younger brother Sebastian plays at Vermont. “When you’re in the NHL, you’re in a different lifestyle. I took pride in my schooing and I was a good student. If it takes me three years or 10 years, I’m going to do it.

“I think it’s required that most of your credits have to come from one school, so I will do it online or whatever.”

With pride in his voice, winger Christian Hanson said he had completed his finance degree at Notre Dame before joining the Leafs last season.

“That’s what years of summer school will do for you and a credit in playing guitar,” he joked. “But it was important to me, for sure.”

Irwin is a business administration major at Vermont. The timing of exams would allow him to stay with the Leafs for the final three regular season games, but the club will address that this week.

lance.hornby@sunmedia.ca


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