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Hodgson picked ahead of Tavares
Named OHL's most outstanding player
By Jim Jamieson, The Province
April 29, 2009
Evidence that the Canucks got a steal when they selected Cody Hodgson at 10th overall last June keeps on mounting.
The day before leading his Brampton Battalion team into the Ontario Hockey League final against Windsor, Hodgson was recognized as the OHL's outstanding player of the year on Tuesday.
Hodgson, 19, was up against representatives from the 19 other clubs for the Red Tilson Trophy and received 161 points in the voting as determined by the writers and broadcasters covering the league. He was in select company, as John Tavares of the London Knights -- who's expected to be drafted No. 1 overall at this June's NHL Entry Draft -- finished second with 115 points.
"It's a huge honour, looking back at the past names who've won that -- all those guys I looked up to as a kid," Hodgson told The Province on Tuesday night after arriving in Windsor. "Hopefully, one day down the road I'll represent the OHL like they have."
The Battalion will take on a Windsor team that beat Brampton twice in two meetings this season -- 5-3 in October, before Hodgson had returned from the Canucks, and 6-3 in January.
"It's going to be tight because Windsor's got some top-end guys," said Hodgson, who's in a three-way tie with 27 points (9-18) in 16 games for the playoff scoring lead.
"I'm really excited about it. We have a great team in Brampton, a lot of character guys. When I got sent back by the Canucks I wanted to play at the world juniors and lead this team and go as far as possible. We said all along we wanted to go to the Memorial Cup and I think we have a great opportunity."
Hodgson may well be facing off against Eric Wellwood, the younger brother of Canucks' Kyle Wellwood. The younger Wellwood played the last series against Tavares' line for London and scored two overtime goals in a 4-1 win.
"He's been having a great playoff," said Hodgson. "He did really well against Tavares."
It's been a dream season so far for Hodgson. Earlier, he was also named the recipient of the William Hanley Trophy as the OHL's Most Sportsmanlike Player for the 2008-09 season.
Hodgson was dominant for Canada at the 2009 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa, capturing a gold medal and leading the tournament with 16 points in six games.
Hodgson finished fourth in OHL scoring with a career-high 43 goals and 49 assists for 92 points in 53 games.
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