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Ex-Predator Cody Hodgson Signs PTO With Milwaukee Admirals



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Photo of Cody Hodgson by John Russell/Nashville Predators

After seven-plus years away from the NHL, Cody Hodgson took Step 1 of his comeback, signing a professional tryout with the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

The Predators were the last NHL team the 33-year-old forward played for, notching three goals and eight points in 39 games during the 2015-16 season. That same year, Hodgson had a 14-game stint with the Admirals in which he scored four goals and 11 points.

He announced his retirement in October 2016 at the age of 26, and he began coaching for the team’s Little Preds Learn to Play Program and he spent some time as an assistant coach for the prep hockey team at Father Ryan.

Hodgson later revealed he’d been diagnosed with malignant hyperthermia, a disease that causes muscles to breakdown stemming from an RYR-1 gene mutation. In interviews after announcing his diagnosis, Hodgson admitted his condition made him more susceptible to injuries and made it tougher to handle the rigors of playing in the NHL.

“Last summer, Hodgson was given a clean bill of health,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported. “He’s resumed skating and he skates five to six times a week and he would like to try (playing in the NHL) again.”

Hodgson, the 10th overall pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 2008, played six seasons in the NHL between 2010 and 2015 with stops in Vancouver, Buffalo and Nashville. He has 64 career goals along with 142 points, 40 power-play points, six game-winning goals and 652 shots.

His best season came with the Sabres in 2013. That year, he logged his only 20-goal season and logged career-high 44 points.

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