Former Vancouver Canuck first-round pick Cody Hodgson, who was forced to retire eight years ago after being diagnosed with malignant hyperthermia, is back in pro hockey.
The Milwaukee Admirals, who are the AHL farm team of the Nashville Predators, announced Wednesday that they had signed Hodgson, 33, to a professional tryout contact
There’s no update yet on Hodgson’s healthy situation but columnist Ed Willes wrote a feature for Postmedia News in 2020 on Hodgson, explaining how he was diagnosed with malignant hyperthermia (MH), “a condition he inherited from his father Chris that produces muscle rigidity, fever and coronary stress. In Hodgson’s case, it was set off by intense physical activity, which is kind of a problem for a professional hockey player.”
He last played in the 2015-16 season, splitting time between the Admirals and the Predators.
Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend that Hodgson was eyeing a comeback, since he had been given a clean bill of health and was back skating multiple times a week.
Hodgson had 62 goals and 142 points in 328 NHL games. He had 16 goals and 33 points in 63 games with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011-12.
Hodgson also told Willes: “Looking back you can see symptoms since when I was a kid. You never knew exactly what it is, but you deal with muscle cramps and tightness your whole life. It wasn’t normal. In my case it got worse. I tore five muscles my final year (in the NHL). I’d bend over and the muscles would tear. It got pretty scary at the end, to tell you the truth.”
Hodgson was the No. 10 overall pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, going one spot in front of Kyle Beach and two before Tyler Myers. He was one of the stars of the 2009 World Juniors, playing for Canuck legend Pat Quinn with Canada.
He was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 27, 2012, with winger Zack Kassian coming back to Vancouver in return. He signed with the Predators as a free agent in July 2015.
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