Technically, the summer started on June 21st, but it still doesn’t feel like summer is here. It could be because of the rain pouring down outside my window or the Canucks long playoff run throwing my sense of time out of alignment, but I think there’s another, better explanation. There are no Cody Hodgson Controversies.
Back in 2009, Hodgson was sent back to the OHL after a disappointing training camp. It turned out that he had a major back injury, which Vigneault unfortunately suggested he was using as an excuse for his poor performance. This ignited a firestorm of overblown coverage: is there a rift between Hodgson and the Canucks? Did Dave Gagner injure him on purpose? Does Alain Vigneault hate Hodgson? Is everything ruined forever?
It was, of course, completely off-base speculation. Hodgson’s back was re-assessed by back experts and appropriate measures were taken. But in the summer of 2010, the controversy was re-kindled as Hodgson did not attend the 2010 Development Camp, simply because he was going to be working with Gary Roberts in Toronto. Then, somehow, the fact that he would undergo a routine medical evaluation before participating in training camp became a story.
So far this summer: nothing about Hodgson. No questions, no rumours, no controversy. It just doesn’t feel right. So we decided to be more like the mainstream media, and create our own Cody Hodgson Controversies. We enlisted the help of our followers on Twitter to find out what crazy things Cody Hodgson has been up to using the hashtag #CodyHodgsonControversies. Here are 25 shocking controversies that we have dug up: