Veteran defender Curtis Hodgson is ready for a new chapter with Stealth in Vancouver

Curtis Hogson (6) is relying on his experience as a defender to help Vancouver win an NLL title. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Curtis Hogson (6) is relying on his experience as a defender to help Vancouver win an NLL title. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Curtis Hodgson has been around long enough to know what’s up. And when a second chance in the National Lacrosse League comes up, he knows better than to let it slip by. Hodgson was part of the 2002 draft class for the Vancouver Ravens but injuries kept him from seeing time. Two years later, the Ravens were history and now that the Stealth are preparing to bring lacrosse back to the Lower Mainland, Hodgson intends on being a part of it. “We have guys from here, we have eastern guys, we have American guys,” the veteran defender told The Province. “It will come down to how much change are they willing to make. I have to contribute and play my role. I have to provide leadership and be a solid player. I need to play a solid supporting role.” Hodgson is well aware of the competition in camps being taken up a notch with the smaller game-day rosters and understands his spot on the team is not guaranteed. “One of the reasons that I’ve been able to play for a long time is that (coach) Chris Hall is a huge motivator. With him, the moment you start to say, ‘I’m safe,’ is the moment that you’re gone.”

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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