Forward Cody Hodgson in a Vancouver Canucks jersey
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Former Top-10 Overall Pick And Fan Favorite Eyeing Return To The NHL

Published January 15, 2024 at 9:53
Major news broke out late last night that former top-10 overall pick is looking to make a comeback to the NHL sparking excitement.

Cody Hodgson Reportedly Eyeing Return To The NHL

Former Vancouver Canucks center Cody Hodgson is eager to make a comeback to hockey, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Saturday Headlines during Hockey Night in Canada.

Hodgson, originally the 10th overall draft pick by the Canucks in 2008, enjoyed a successful career until health concerns forced him to retire at the age of 26.

In 2016, Hodgson was diagnosed with malignant hyperthermia, a rare muscle disorder linked to a mutation in the RYR-1 gene. This condition made him more susceptible to injuries and posed additional risks.

Despite retiring to prioritize his health, Hodgson utilized his time positively, collaborating with the RYR-1 Foundation to raise awareness about diseases related to the gene.

Now approaching 34 years old, Hodgson is prepared to return to the ice. Friedman shared that after receiving a clean bill of health last summer, Hodgson has been diligently skating and training five to six times a week with the hope of reigniting his hockey career.

While Hodgson acknowledges he won't be starting in the NHL and understands that nothing is guaranteed, he is actively seeking an opportunity to resume his career.

Before his retirement, Hodgson played 326 NHL games, scoring 64 goals and tallying 78 assists across stints with the Canucks, Sabres, and Nashville Predators.

January 15   |   313 answers
Former Top-10 Overall Pick And Fan Favorite Eyeing Return To The NHL

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