Nineteen year-old Cody Hodgson, who injured his back this summer during off-ice training, sought out a second opinion late last week after the Canucks reassigned Hodgson to his junior club, the Brampton Battalion. Hodgson will likely not return until early November as reported by Jim Jamieson of the Province.
The 6”0 185lbs. Ontario native suffered from a budging disc in his lower back and as a result he missed six weeks of training camp, but was cleared by Canucks medical staff on September 11th. Hodgson struggled to find his game during the pre-season, recording two points in six pre-season games (1-1-2).
Upon Hodgson’s return to Brampton, instead of lacing up his skates, he sought out Dr. Anthony Miniaci of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Miniaci prescribed plenty of rest, aggressive physiotherapy, and to stay off his skates for one month.
"First you see if physiotherapy is working, then you look at other forms of treatment such as injection or surgery,” said Don Meehan, Hodgson’s agent. “But those kinds of decisions you leave to the doctors to decide." [As for now], he has been prohibited from going on the ice for one month. He will be reexamined in Cleveland in two weeks.”
“The concern for Cody is he wants to be 100 percent healthy,” said Stan Butler Battalion’s director of hockey operations and Head Coach. “When you’re an extremely competitive kid, you want to be at your best all the time, and that’s true in Cody’s case.”
Meehan revealed Hodgson’s back injury resulted in nerve damage and admitted Cody came back too soon.
"I think everybody recognizes that [the injury] affected his performance," said Meehan.
"There may have been a slight move sideways because he played so many games in a short period of time,” said Canucks GM Mike Gillis. “But he wanted to play them and we wanted him to play and he was cleared. I don't know what else to say.”
"He indicated he was ready to play and our medical staff put him through a series of tests every day and there was progress every day. I have no issues with anybody getting another opinion with a back, especially a young player."
Last season with Brampton, the Canucks first-round draft pick netted 43 goals and 49 assists (43-49-92) in 53 games.
The Canucks host their 4th annual Open Practice Saturday Morning at GM Place.
Festivities kick off at 10am with an Alumni game followed by pre-practice concourse activities including face painters, air hockey, and loads of games.
The Canucks will also be giving out great prizes throughout the practice including autographed sticks used by Canucks players. The celebrations will also include a Canucks shooutout challenge as well as appearances by FIN, the Canucks' mascot, and the Mike’s On-Ice Team.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or charge by phone at 604.280.4444.