A note on Hodgson from my friend Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, who calls Hodgson a “great kid with huge upside.”
“Here’s something that should spice up those Leaf-Sabres game. Haliburton is a town in cottage country 2-1/2 hours north of Toronto. Same home town as Matt Duchene.
Published Feb 17/2012
VANCOUVER – Cody Hodgson didnt just grow up in a home full of Maple Leafs fans.
He actually was almost born in the home of the Maple Leafs itself.
Back on Feb. 17, 1990, Hodgson’s parents came down from Haliburton to attend a Maple Leafs-New Jersey Devils game at the Gardens and were in the building when his mother, Marie, went into labour. Cody was born the next day at a Toronto-area hospital.
”They still have the ticket stubs,” Hodgson, the Vancouver Canucks forward, chuckled on Friday as his team prepared for Saturdays game against Toronto.
They knew the birth could happen any time, but dad had the opportunity to get tickets, so they went to the game.
Hodgson was surrounded by Leafs supporters growing up. Now, as he celebrates his 22nd birthday on Saturday, he’ll face off against Toronto for the first time in Vancouver and just the second time in his young NHL career.
“You always cheered for those guys, too,” Hodgson said. ”When you’d go to school, all the kids are Leafs fans. Everybody was always cheering for the Leafs. There were some pretty good players, too, with Mats Sundin. Tie Domi was a big name in our house.”