He’s been traded before, but Zach Hodder won’t forget packing his bags for his latest move.
The 19-year-old defenceman was part of a major deal that saw him and teammate Logan McVeigh sent from Prince Albert to the Medicine Hat Tigers Jan. 1. Instead of heading to a new billet home, however, the two ex-Raiders were suddenly living out of suitcases for a week.
“I knew what it was going to be like, I’ve just never been traded on a road trip,” said Hodder, who finally got unpacked Sunday after the Tigers returned from a four-game road trip. “Besides living on the road in the same pair of clothes pretty much for a week, it’s a different atmosphere here. They’ve got a lot of youth, a different energy in the room and around the bus. It’s a fun group.”
Hodder and McVeigh will play their first home game tonight as the Tigers host Vancouver (7 p.m., The Arena), and they’re both admittedly still settling in.
The move in exchange for Jayden Hart and Dylan Busenius came as a shock to the principles of the deal, but that feeling has passed by now. Prospect Connor Hobbs, 15, and a second-round draft pick also went the Tigers’ way, while Prince Albert picked up a sixth-round pick.
“Yeah, it was a little surprising at first,” said McVeigh, who’s 18. “But now that it’s happened I’m excited.
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