By @MichaelCaples –
Rumor has it that he’s a pretty good golfer, too, but right now, it’s all about the hockey.
Today, the USHL announced that Davis “T-Bone” Codd has signed a league tender with the Youngstown Phantoms.
The Brighton native just wrapped up a 2018-19 campaign with Kris Draper’s Little Caesars 16U squad, where he won a state title. The 2003 birth-year forward was an invite to the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Camp Evaluation Camp in March, as well.
“I was humbled and really excited to receive Youngstown’s tender offer and I am blessed to have had so many options,” Codd said via the league. “It was a very difficult decision because the USHL is such a great league with so many great organizations. It was a family decision but it came down to my comfort with Coach Patterson and his staff and their style of play. I was also impressed with the talent on the team and their locker room. They have great chemistry. They really care for each other. Mr. Koehler was also very informative and he made sure my parents and I were comfortable with the schools and my studies. And finally, we got to spend some time in the Youngstown community and we were impressed. I want to be a big contributor to another great season in Youngstown. The coaches and Mr. Koehler have a lot of confidence in me and I don’t want to disappoint them and I will work hard and make my teammates and coaches better. I can’t wait for training camp and look forward to putting on that Phantom’s sweater. I love the game of hockey and everything about it. I love to play fast, I love the responsibility of being a two way player, and I really like my teammates to succeed.
With the tender, the Phantoms forfeit their first-round pick in Monday’s USHL Draft to secure Codd. They are committed to playing Codd in 55 percent of their games next season, as well.
Codd follows in the footsteps of Michigan natives Kyle Connor and Max Ellis in signing tenders with Youngstown. Former Little Caesars standout Ben Schoen signed a tender with the Phantoms last season, also.
“We are very excited to add Davis to our team and talented group of forwards,” said Head Coach Brad Patterson.
“Davis has the ability to beat his opponents in a multitude of ways and that excites me. He thinks the game at a very high level and has a skill set that makes his teammates better every time he touches the ice. To top it off, the young man has impeccable character and is and extremely driven individual. I am really looking forward to seeing him at the Covelli Centre and next season with our club.”