Cody Hodgson: CHL Player of the Year
The accolades keep coming for Cody Hodgson. Today, the Canadian Hockey League named him The Hockey Company Player of the Year:
Hodgson scored a career-high 43 goals and 49 assists for 92 points in 53 games with a plus-minus rating of plus-41 and 33 penalty minutes. The Battalion captain led the OHL with 11 game-winning goals and had a league-high point scoring streak of 23 games from November 21 to February 11. Hodgson recorded 26 multi-point games with four hat-tricks and one five-point game November 6 in an 8-4 win over the Plymouth Whalers. He won gold with Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa and led the tournament with 16 points in six games. Hodgson, a 19-year-old from Markham, ON, is a Vancouver Canucks prospect drafted 10th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Also nominated was forward Brett Sonne of the Calgary Hitmen, and goaltender Nicola Riopel of the Moncton Wildcats.
For you trivia fans, he’s the first Vancouver Canucks draft pick to win the award. Dan Hodgson, the last player to wear number 16 before Trevor Linden, and Doug Wickenheiser also won the award but neither were originally drafted by the Canucks; they were drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.