"He's the ultimate team guy in this draft," said Grant McCagg, publisher of the McKeen's Hockey Draft Guide. "Every other junior kid picks him as a leader if you want someone leading your team. He's led every team he's ever played on. He has a consummate pro attitude. His skating is the only thing that's holding him back from being a top seven (pick in the draft)."I'm sure he can work on his skating.
The 18-year-old was born in Markham Ontario. He is 6 feet tall 185 pounds. He met Pope John Paul II in 2001, and he likes to play chess.
"He’s what they call a franchise player," said his Brampton Battalion head coach Stan Butler. "He’s a complete player. He plays good away from the puck. He scores big goals and he’s a good leader on and off the ice. He’s the whole package."
A complete package.
This past season was Hodgson's second year with the Battalions. He played for the Markham Waxers of the OPJHL prior to that.
- scouting profile on Hodgson.
- a rifle of a shot from Hodgson, solo effort.
I'm pretty stoked about this guy. A modest, skilled, complete player with leadership abilities. We'll see what happens.
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