HODGSON NAMED TO NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
Cody Hodgson, the Canucks first round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, will represent Canada as a member of the National Junior Team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship. Hockey Canada
has announced the 22 player roster today following a four-day selection camp from December 11-15th. Hodgson was among 38 of Canada's best junior-aged players invited to the National Junior selection camp.
Hodgson participated in his first NHL training camp with the Canucks this year before returning to his Ontario Hockey League (OHL) team. The 18 year old, Toronto native, captains the OHL's Brampton Battalion and leads the team with 42 points (20 goals and 22 assists) in only 23 games, sporting a plus 10 rating.
He was team captain of the Canada’s gold medal National Men’s Under-18 Team at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia, where he led the tournament in scoring.
After a strong performance at selection camp Hodgson will join Team Canada as they look to capture their fifth consecutive gold medal. The team will be lead by head coach Pat Quinn and his three assistant coaches Dave Cameron, Willie Desjardins, and Guy Boucher.
Canada has medaled at ten straight IIHF World Junior Championships including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2004 and bronze medals in 2000 and 2001.
Canada will play its first game of the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship on Boxing Day, December 26 versus the Czech Republic.