First-round pick Hodgson assigned to Moose

mtb_200.jpgThe Vancouver Canucks, the NHL affiliate of the Manitoba Moose, announced today they have assigned centre Cody Hodgson to the Moose.

Hodgson, 19, was named the Ontario Hockey League’s 2008-09 Most Outstanding Player after scoring 43 goals and 49 assists for 92 points in 53 games with the Brampton Battalion. He ended up fourth overall in OHL scoring.

The Toronto, ON native also had 11 goals and 31 points in 20 playoff games to lead his team to the OHL Championship Final where they were defeated by the Windsor Spitfires. He finished third overall in OHL playoff scoring. Hodgson also won the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player Award and was named the to the OHL’s First All-star Team.

Hodgson also led Team Canada in points with five goals and 11 assists in a gold-medal effort at the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships in Ottawa this past December and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

He appeared in 184 career games with the Battalion over three seasons where he’s scored 106 goals and 117 assists for 223 points and 93 penalty minutes.

Hodgson was drafted in the first round, 10th overall, by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.