Raiders to retire Dan Hodgson’s #16 on November 25
The Prince Albert Raiders will be recognizing one of the greatest careers in Canadian Hockey League history on Saturday, November 25th against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Dan Hodgson will see his jersey number 16 lifted to the rafters, becoming the third Raider to receive such an honour.
Hodgson topped the 50-goal mark and 100-point barrier in each of the three seasons that he played for the Prince Albert Raiders from 1982 to 1985. In 1982-83, Hodgson took home WHL Rookie of the Year honours. He finished ninth in League scoring with 130 points (56g-74a) in 72 games that season. During his sophomore campaign, Hodgson finished second in the scoring race as he notched 181 points (62g-119a) in 66 games.
Hodgson was named CHL Player of the Year in his final year of junior hockey as he guided the Raiders to the league’s best regular season record. For the second consecutive year, the playmaker was the runner-up in league scoring. His 182 points (70g-112a) in 64 regular season games that season are good enough to tie for ninth all-time. The captain of the Raiders then recorded a league-best 36 points (10g-26a) in the 1985 WHL Playoffs to lead the Raiders to their first WHL Championship. Hodgson then helped Prince Albert win the 1985 Memorial Cup by providing a tournament-record 13 helpers. He capped off his sensational year by winning the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the MVP of the tournament. Hodgson was also the captain of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 1985 IIHF World Junior Championship.
At the end of his WHL career, Hodgson had accumulated 493 points (188g-305a) in 204 regular season games and 44 points (15g-29a) in 18 playoff contests. Over his regular season career, Hodgson ranks sixth all-time in points and assists and also holds the Prince Albert Raiders record for most goals, assists and points.
A fifth-round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1983 NHL Draft, Hodgson also played for the Vancouver Canucks. In 114 NHL regular season games, Hodgson registered 74 points (29g-45a). The native of Fort McMurray, AB then finished his career in Europe with the majority of it spent in Switzerland. He was also named in the top 50 WHL players of all time.