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Leafs' Calder kid; Cut as a peewee, Leafs' Matt Stajan has used solid work ethic to reach the NHL Supported by family, rookie stays grounded as career takes off, by Ken Campbell
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Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Campbell, Ken
Date: Dec 9, 2003
Start Page: C.01
Section: Sports
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It's understandable that the landscape of the Stajan home has changed a little in the last couple of months. Nobody really expected [Matt Stajan] would be moving all his stuff back in and repossessing the bedroom he has had since he was 6 years old after spending the past three years in Belleville. While his teammates leave practice and go home to wives and kids or bachelor pads, Stajan battles QEW traffic to live at home with his parents and 22-year-old sister, Michelle, who did her part to fill up the empty nest by enrolling at Humber College after graduating from Western Ontario in London last year.

There are a number of reasons why there is little pretense with Stajan. Part of it is the heavy influence of his eastern European upbringing. His parents were born in Canada, but both sets of grandparents came to Canada from Slovenia in the 1950s. [Mike Stajan]'s father, Ludvic, put himself through school after coming to Canada, became a bookkeeper and started a fire door manufacturing company that Mike and his brother now own.

There aren't many rules in the Stajan home, largely because his mother, Nada, and Mike have faith that their children will make the right decisions.

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