Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/18/12
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Take note ladies (and gents)

Cody Hodgson, the Vancouver Canucks‘ rookie who has worked tirelessly all season to prove himself, is, in fact, a stud.

Did you know?

Here are a few reasons why the Vancouver Canucks Co-ho is studworthy:

1. He’s becoming a Canucks sharp shooter

PING!

Cody just scored, off the post and in.

With three of the past six power play goals for the Canucks, Cody is making a name for himself in Vancouver with those beautiful slap shots at pivotal moments. He’s ranked fifth in scoring among rookies in the NHL this year.

2. All-Star and potential Rookie of the Year

Being named one of 12 rookies to participate in the 2012 All-Star game in Ottawa is a high honour, and proves that this guy is an up and comer to watch in the NHL overall.

He was one of four All-Star Canucks selected, along with teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Alexander Edler. He continues to perform with the little amount of ice time he’s alloted (10-12 minutes on average per game).

3. He grew up in Markham, Ont.

As you may have noticed, I have a soft spot for GTA NHLers (Greater Toronto Area – for all your North West coasters who haven’t crossed the eastern Alberta border).

Cody Is VERY easy on the eyes

Hodgson and I (and Steven Stamkos) experienced a similar “humble upbringing” (why do people say that?

What does that even mean?), spending a large majority of our childhood in hockey rinks in Markham and all over Toronto.

And anyone who played for the Markham Waxers, a team I grew up watching and my brothers played for, is automatically a stud.

4. He’s easy on the eyes

Don’t mean to be a craddle robber or anything (the kid is only 21), but he’s dang cute. Sorry boys, but this is a key factor of being studly.

He’s still got all of his teeth, too.

5. He’s been through the ringer

Last season, Hodgson was called up to the NHL and sent back to the AHL several times.

He was cut from the Canucks’ training camp three times, enough to discourage any athlete. Finally he emerged with a second line position with the Canucks during Kelser’s injury absence at the beginning of the season, and everyone anxiously awaited his official debut.

Since then, he’s been proving his abilities and learning from the veteran Sedin twins in what little ice time Alain Vigneault gives him.

Do you think Cody Hodgson has a chance to win the Calder Trophy this year?

So far so good.

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