Cody Hodgson has decided to switch numbers. He’ll be moving away from his familiar number 39 in favour of the number 9 jersey, and I’m all for it! The number 39 has not been kind of Cody Hodgson. In fact, it hasn’t been kind of anyone in Canuck history.
The last guy to wear the number 39 on a regular basis was Dan Cloutier. Cloutier was plagued with injuries while with the Canucks and of course let in this goal during the 2002 playoffs:
Other players that wore the number 39 with the Canucks include Brad Moran, Chris O’Sullivan and Erico Ciccone. Moran and O’Sullivan were AHL call-ups. Ciccone was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes, played 13 games wearing the number 39 and was traded away.
Maybe he’ll have the same luck as Pavel Bure did, switching away from the number 96 in 1997. Bure wore the number 10 during his first four seasons in the NHL. Before the 1995-96 season he decided to switch to the number 96 and suffered two straight injury riddled seasons. He switched back t...