Avs’ McLeod has in-person hearing for scary hit

Colorado Avalanche left winger Cody McLeod is known as one of the grittiest players in the NHL. (Barry Gutierrez/AP)

Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod faces a hearing for a dangerous hit from behind on Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall in a game Thursday.

McLeod was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct after hammering Kronwall into the boards in the Red Wings’ zone as the two skated for a loose puck.

Kronwall was stretchered off the ice and it’s uncertain how long the Swede will be out of the Detroit lineup. The Red Wings won the game 4-2, handing the Avalanche their first loss of the 2013-14 season.

The NHL Department of Player Safety offered McLeod an in-person hearing, which means the league can potentially hand out a suspension of more than five games.

McLeod is known as one of the grittiest players in the NHL, but he has never been suspended in his seven-year career.

In seven games this season, the Binscarth, Man., native has one assist and 27 penalty minutes. The 29-year-old has amassed 883 penalty minutes in 403 career games with the Avalanche.


When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.