Aug 15,2014(ISN) – Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals today announced that the club has acquired a
conditional draft pick from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for the rights to
overage forward Steven Hodges (1994) and a conditional draft pick.
The move leaves Victoria with the maximum allowable three 20-year-old players on its
roster. Hodges, who was signed to an entry level NHL contract earlier this summer by
the Florida Panthers, is eligible to play in the American Hockey League (AHL) this
season. In his four-year WHL career, Hodges ranks as the seventh-leading scorer in
franchise history with 157 points (75g-82) in 247 games.
“We would like to thank Steven for being a large part of our franchise and its
history over the past four years,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “With
the number and quality of overage players on our roster, difficult decisions have to
be made and this move puts Steven in a position to succeed should he return to the
Western Hockey League. We wish Steven all the best as his career moves forward.”
The 6-0, 187 lb centre was selected ninth overall in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft and
is the all-time leader in franchise playoff production with 20 points (6g-14a) in 22
games. Hodges also holds the distinction of scoring the first goal in Victoria
Royals team history on September 23rd, 2011.
Hodges was selected by Florida with the club’s third round, 84th overall, pick in
the 2012 NHL Draft. Last season, Hodges picked up 47 points (21g-26a) in 52 regular
season games for the Royals before going on to lead the team with 10 points (4g-6a)
in the post-season.