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Today Hodgson is making a statement that he is a real NHL player, not just a rookie with a high jersey number. As we all have heard by now, Hodgson is going from being 39 to number 9. It was worn most recently by Taylor Pyatt. More notably it was worn by Ivan Boldirev, Russ Courtnall, Gary Leeman and Dale Tallon.

From The Province:

“I remember talking to the training staff before, it’s something you have to earn, make the team first,” Hodgson said. “I came in this morning and it was on my helmet.

Congrats to him on getting the new number, and at least it gave us a break from the repetitive stories about Crosby not playing on Thursday night