(Video) First NHL Goal: Long, strange trip to NHL pays off as Hodgman scores in first NHL game

By Ken McKenna
Justin Hodgman - Arizona Coyotes

Photo: Arizona Coyotes rookie forward Justin Hodgman displays the puck he fired into the net for his first NHL goal in the Coyotes win over the Florida Panthers (courtesy of Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)


Arizona Coyotes forward Justin Hodgman has spent the past several years competing in seemingly every hockey league and hockey-playing country trying to achieve his goal of competing in the top hockey league, the NHL. The 26-year-old finally got that chance on Saturday night, and he didn’t waste it as he netted his first NHL goal in the Coyotes’ 2-1 overtime win over the Florida Panthers.

Hodgman didn’t have to wait long for his opportunity to shine as he took the ice as part of the Coyotes’ power play unit in the first period. That chance was all Hodgman needed as he buried a shot off of a feed from Lauri Korpikoski to tie the game at one.

The Brampton, ON native played in three AHL games for the Portland Pirates this season before receiving the call-up to the Coyotes. He spent the past two seasons competing in the KHL for three different teams and has also played in Finland along with the ECHL and IHL in North America.

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