At 39 years old, Tyson Nash has done a bit of everything. He suited up for nearly 400 games in the NHL, played a handful of contests in Japan, and has made the transition to broadcasting rather successfully, working alongside Matt McConnell to call Arizona Coyotes action for Fox Sports.
On Saturday night, Nash tried his hand at a new talent: fortune-telling. That’s right, the former St. Louis Blues and Coyotes bruiser may have found an eerie new calling.
In the Coyotes matchup on Saturday, a game against the visiting Florida Panthers, Nash said he had a feeling rookie Justin Hodgman would tally his first NHL marker at some point during the third period. Nash didn’t have to wait long for his prediction to come true:
All jokes aside, other than the incredible coincidence of Nash calling it just minutes before it happened, the goal was a huge accomplishment for the 26-year-old Hodgman who has been the definition of a journeyman.
Since ending his Ontario League career in 2008-09, Hodgman has suited up for the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, Fort Wayne Komets, and Reading Royals, the American League’s Toronto Marlies, and had a stint in Finland. In 2013-14 alone, Hodgman skated for three separate Kontinental League teams, beginning the year with Metallurg Magnitogorsk before finishing it off with time spent between Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod and Admiral Vladivostok.
Hodgman began this season with Arizona’s AHL affiliate in Portland, and now, in his first NHL contest, he’s finally got the ever-elusive first NHL goal.
Hodgman's tally tied the game midway through the third period, and the Coyotes would come out on top thanks to an OT marker from Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Not a bad way to cap off the night for the young Hodgman.
Now, before you put any wagers down on tonight's games, call up Arizona's very own Nash-tradamus.