Hodgson story to be screened Saturday
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | Dec. 6, 2018|
The documentary behind Cody Hodgson’s retirement will be screened Saturday Dec. 8 in Toronto.
Hodgson retired during the National Hockey League’s 2015-16 season and very little has been written about why he had to give up the game he loved. However, according to a trailer to “Hodgson,” it was due to complications from a mutation on his ryanodine receptor 1 (RYR-1) gene.
In the trailer, Hodgson says, “a lot of people have asked me ‘why did you retire, why did you end early?’ They were asking about how my back is … that’s not really the reason I stopped playing.” While training in the 2009 off-season, Hodgson suffered a back injury that required a year for him to fully recover.
However, he fully reveals in the promo clip that, “In my final year of playing, I was having some severe symptoms. I was having trouble breathing. I was blacking out and my muscles were extremely tight and my whole body was just shaking. I had a mutation of the RYR-1 Gene.”
Dr. Michael Goldby confirms on camera that the reactions he was having were due to the rare disorder. Hodgson’s doctor, Sheila Riazi, says she recommended he retire for his own safety and “what I saw was a very brave man.”
Born in Toronto in 1990, and raised in Haliburton until the family moved to Markham in 1998, the Hodgsons returned every summer to their camp on Haliburton Lake. The son of former MPP Chris Hodgson played with Matt Duchene on the Haliburton Huskies. In the trailer, Hodgson says that ever since he was a kid, his dream was to play in the NHL.
“You work your whole life for this goal to play in the NHL. Then, you realize this is for real … like that’s a pretty crazy experience. I truly love the game, everything about it.” Hodgson began his career with the Vancouver Canucks, before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. He then moved on to the Nashville Predators in the 2015-16 season. He also played for Team Canada in International Ice Hockey Federation matches.
“I played the game my whole life … that was very tough to deal with,” he said of the need to hang up the skates. However, he says he doesn’t see himself as a victim. “I see myself as someone who had a great career. It was a blessing to play. Hopefully I can use this to benefit other people and myself as well. “It’s a pretty rare disorder but we’re discovering more and more people with it and hopefully with this documentary we can shed more light on it.”
On a GoFundMe site, crowdrise.com/o/en/ campaign/hodgson, it says that the RYR-1 Foundation and Hodgson are hosting the first look at the documentary on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites. It invites the public to see the film and be part of the special event. It has a link to the trailer, and a place to donate. Both Hodgson and the RYR-I Foundation declined The Highlander’s request for an interview prior to the screening.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.