Battalion’s Hodgson named Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Cody Hodgson of the Brampton Battalion is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 1.  Hodgson scored four goals and three assists for seven points in three Battalion wins with a plus-minus rating of plus-5. 

On Thursday night Hodgson scored a goal on the road in the 3-0 shutout win over the Oshawa Generals.  Hodgson would turn up the offense on Saturday night scoring two shorthanded goals including the third period game-winner and added two assists for a four-point night in a 5-1 road win over the Peterborough Petes.  The game-winning goal was his ninth of the season to lead the league in that regard.  Hodgson was named first star of the game that also gave Battalion head coach Stan Butler his 400th career OHL win.  Hodgson would end his week Sunday afternoon with one goal on the power play and one assist for second star of the game honours leading the Battalion to their tenth win in a row with the 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves.  His two points Sunday extended his point scoring streak to 20 games setting a new club record and is also the longest streak in the OHL this season.   

Hodgson, an 18-year-old from Markham, Ontario, is in his third OHL season with the Battalion.  He currently leads the team and is ranked fifth in league scoring with 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points in 35 games this season.  Hodgson was drafted 10th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks and will play for the Eastern Conference All-Stars at the 2009 Subway OHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday February 4, 2009 in Windsor, Ontario.

Also considered for the award was John Tavares of the London Knights with a week highlighted by a six-point night including four goals and two assists for first star of the game honours in the 9-0 win over the Kitchener Rangers Tuesday night.  Matt Dias of the Sudbury Wolves also had a strong week offensively with nine points including six goals and three assists in four games.  Between the pipes, rookie goaltender Scott Stajcer of the Owen Sound Attack made 130 saves in three games earning three wins.

2008-09 Boston Pizza OHL Players of the Week');

Feb. 2 – Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Jan. 26 – Thomas McCollum, Brampton Battalion
Jan. 19 – Brett Parnham, Oshawa Generals
Jan. 12 – Marcus Carroll, Owen Sound Attack
Jan. 5 – Eric O’Dell, Sudbury Wolves
Dec. 15 – Cameron Gaunce, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Dec. 8 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Dec. 1 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Nov. 24 – Eric Tangradi, Belleville Bulls
Nov. 17 – Mathew Sisca, Niagara IceDogs
Nov. 10 – Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Nov. 3 – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 27 – Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 20 – Brandon Foote, Brampton Battalion
Oct. 13 – Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Oct. 6 – Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts
Sept. 29 – Luke Pither, Guelph Storm
Sept. 22 – Matt Lyall, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds