The Royals acquired the ECHL rights to Bodie, who hails from East St. Paul, Manitoba, as completion of the future considerations element of the trade that sent defenseman Bobby Shea from Reading to the Toledo Walleye.
Bodie split his rookie season between four teams in the ECHL, starting the year with the Cincinnati Cyclones where he recorded two points (1g-1a) in seven games before being traded to the San Francisco Bulls on Nov. 13. Bodie scored one goal in nine games with the Bulls before being traded to the South Carolina Stingrays on Dec. 11. He registered 10 points (4g-6a) in 28 games for the Stingrays before being released in mid-March. The Walleye claimed Bodie from ECHL waivers on March 18 and completed the season in Toledo recording three assists in 13 games.
Bodie turned pro after a four year career at Union College, where he was part of a program that won back-to-back ECAC championships and earned a bid in the NCAA tournament in his final three seasons at the school. Bodie, who was a two-time recipient of the Coaches’ Award at Union, twice led the Dutchmen in assists and, in his senior season, was second in overall scoring with 33 points (9g-24a) in 40 games. An alternate captain in his senior year, Bodie registered 85 points (28g-57a) and 70 penalty minutes in 122 total games at Union.