Bombers Add WSHL Veteran Defenseman Hodgkinson

by Chris White

The Long Beach Bombers are proud to announce the signing of defenseman, Michael Hodgkinson. The 6’1, 210-pounder is a left-shot from Dryden, Ontario, Canada. He is no stranger to the Western States Hockey League, as he played for the Tulsa Jr. Oilers, a season ago. Hodgkinson has two seasons of junior hockey under his belt, as he played 2015-2016 for Sturgeon Falls in the Greater Metro Junior Hockey League. He has an April 9, 1998 birthdate.

In 2016-2017, Hodgkinson suited up for a total of 48 games, including two Thorne Cup Playoff contests. He recorded 8 assists and then scored 1 goal in the playoffs. A season prior, he tallied 3G-11A, for the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks. Hodgkinson played his minor hockey for the Thunder Bay Kings.

This season, Hodgkinson will get a taste of the WSHL’s Western Division. Despite Tulsa’s last-place finish in the Mid-West Division, Hodgkinson gained valuable minutes against strong teams such as the Thorne Cup Champion Wichita Jr. Thunder, Oklahoma City Blazers, and El Paso Rhinos. Hodgkinson was a late-arrival into Long Beach, and will look to quickly make the adjustments while learning new systems.

Long Beach Bombers Head Coach & General Manager, Chris White, commented, “Michael is a big-bodied defenseman that we hope will add some toughness and defensive responsibility. He has 80 games of junior experience, which should help in his understanding and execution of our systems. There won’t be too much pressure on him to produce from the back-end, but I would expect him to have a career season, statistically. His former coach told me only good things about Michael as a teammate and person, which was great to hear. We’re excited to work with Michael and try to develop his skill set, as he can potentially be a two-year player."

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