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Cody Hodgson is the NHL’s Rookie of the Month

Feb 2, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

After leading all rookies in points (6G-4A-10PTS) and moving into fourth in scoring among all first-year players, Vancouver’s Cody Hodgson was named the NHL’s rookie of the month for January.

While his month was filled with fine performances, Hodgon’s (arguably) best effort came in a 4-3 win over defending Stanley Cup champs Boston. He assisted on Vancouver’s second goal and scored the game-winner, a rocket shot that whistled past reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas:

Hodgson followed that up with an equally impressive performance against San Jose, scoring two goals in Vancouver’s 4-3 win while once again potting the game-winner. That moved Hodgson into a tie for second in rookie GWGs, one off the lead.

Also of note: The 21-year-old Toronto native is now on 30 points, becoming the highest-scoring Canucks rookie since 2000-01, when Daniel and Henrik Sedin compiled 34 and 29 points, respectively. The franchise record for rookie scoring is 60 points, held by two players — Ivan Hlinka (1981-82) and Pavel Bure (1991-92).

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  1. micasa81 - Feb 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    As a Canucks fan, I simply don’t get tired of watching that clip. Particularly amusing (irritating?) is John Garret’s usual post-goal murmuring in the background: “What. A. Shot.”

    Go Coho.

  2. AppealToReason - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    The kid has a howitzer.

  3. elvispocomo - Feb 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    That was by far the best slapper, but he’s ripped off some writers and snap shots too that have found very small openings.

    What. A. Shot. If it fits…

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