Cody McLeod

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Cody McLeod
Cody McLeod - Colorado Avalanche.jpg
McLeod with the Avalanche in 2014.
Born (1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 32)
Binscarth, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Colorado Avalanche
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present

Wesley Cody McLeod (born June 26, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

McLeod was a fourth round WHL Bantam Draft pick for the Portland Winterhawks in 1999.[1] In the 2004–05 season, his fourth and final year with the Winterhawks, he scored 31 goals and 60 points.

Undrafted and looking to turn pro, McLeod attended the Boston Bruins training camp in the summer of 2005.[2] McLeod was then reassigned to affiliate, the Providence Bruins training camp on September 17, 2005, before ultimately leaving without a contract.[3] McLeod was signed by the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL for the 2005–06. He Spent his first full professional season with the Monsters and their ECHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls.

McLeod with the Colorado Avalanche in December 2013

The Colorado Avalanche, as the parent club of the Monsters, signed McLeod to his first NHL contract with the Avalanche on July 6, 2006.[4] After the Avalanche training camp for the 2006–07 season, Mcleod was assigned to new affiliate the Albany River Rats on September 19, 2006.[5]

In the 2007–08 season, McLeod received his first NHL recall on December 16, 2007.[6] He made his NHL debut with the Avalanche on December 19, 2007, in a 2–1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks.[7] A week later, on December 27, he scored his first NHL goal against Dominik Hašek of the Detroit Red Wings in a 4–2 loss.[8] McLeod dressed and played for every remaining Avalanche game after he was called up from the Lake Erie Monsters. McLeod became the first Avalanche rookie in history to record over 100 penalty minutes.[9]

McLeod gained notoriety on April 27, 2008, the second game of the second round of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings by picking up the traditional octopus thrown onto the ice in the Joe Louis Arena and throwing it into the stands.[9] McLeod scored his first playoff goal also against the Red Wings in game three on April 29, 2008. With an impressive debut season with Colorado, McLeod was re-signed by the Avalanche to a one-year deal on July 14, 2008.[10]

In the 2008–09 season, McLeod sustained a shoulder injury in a 3–2 home loss against Detroit on March 4, 2009, causing him to miss three straight games. He ended the season third in goals on the Avs with 15, behind only Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk. McLeod's 162 penalty minutes were just one minute shy of team leading Ian Laperrière. McLeod was then re-signed by the Avalanche to a 3-year deal on June 19, 2009.[11]

The 2011–12 season saw McLeod set a franchise record becoming the only player in Quebec/Colorado history to register at least 100 PIMs in five consecutive seasons.[12] Behind only Paul Stastny in terms of tenure currently with the club, the Avs signed the pending unrestricted free agent to another three-year contract on June 4, 2012.[13] He was suspended five games in 2013–14 for a hit-from-behind on Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall in which Kronwall received a concussion.[14]

With Paul Stastny signing with the Blues prior to the 2014–15 season, McLeod became the current longest-tenured member of the Avalanche also serving as the club's alternate captain between 2012 to 2016. On September 30, 2014, McLeod agreed to three-year contract extension to remain with Colorado.[15]

In the 2016–17 season, his 10th with the Avalanche, McLeod saw limited playing time and was reduced to a depth role amongst the forwards. With the Avalanche suffering as the league's worst team through the mid-point of the season, McLeod's tenure with the club ended as he was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Félix Girard on January 13, 2017.[16] He left having played in 659 games, leading the Avalanche franchise with 1359 penalty minutes. McLeod remained in Denver, making his Predators debut the following day against his previous club. He scored his first goal with the Predators and fought against former teammate Jarome Iginla, sparking a 3–2 victory over the Avalanche on January 14, 2017.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 47 10 3 13 86 5 0 0 0 0
2002–03 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 71 15 18 33 153 7 1 1 2 13
2003–04 Waywayseecappo Wolverines MJHL 1 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 69 13 18 31 227 5 2 2 4 6
2004–05 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 70 31 29 60 195 7 0 3 3 8
2004–05 Adirondack Frostbite UHL 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 11
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 33 4 5 9 87
2005–06 San Diego Gulls ECHL 16 4 5 9 48 2 2 1 3 14
2006–07 Albany River Rats AHL 73 11 8 19 180 5 0 0 0 4
2007–08 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 27 6 7 13 101
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 49 4 5 9 120 10 1 1 2 26
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 15 5 20 162
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 74 7 11 18 138 6 0 0 0 5
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 5 3 8 189
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 75 6 5 11 164
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 48 8 4 12 83
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 5 8 13 122 7 1 0 1 22
2014–15 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 7 5 12 191
2015–16 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 8 5 13 138
2016–17 Colorado Avalanche NHL 28 1 0 1 52
NHL totals 659 66 51 117 1359 23 2 1 3 53

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portland Winterhawks Bantam Drafts". winterhawks.com. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Bruins training camp preview". hockeysfuture.com. 2005-09-08. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Bruins re-assign 13 players from training camp". bruins.nhl.com. 2005-09-17. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  4. ^ "McLeod's bio". nhl.com. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Avalanche trims roster to 35". avalanche.nhl.com. 2006-09-19. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Avalanche recalls McLeod". avalanche.nhl.com. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Schneider scores in overtime to lift Ducks over Avalanche". cbssports.com. 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Filppula makes it back-to-back games with two goals for Red Wings". cbssports.com. 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  9. ^ a b "Ignorance is bliss for McLeod". mlive.com. 2008-04-30. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Avalanche re-signs McLeod, McCormick". Colorado Avalanche. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  11. ^ Dater, Adrian (2009-06-21). "Three-year deal given to McLeod". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  12. ^ "Predators rally, finish off Avs in OT". CBS Sports. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  13. ^ Dater, Adrian (2012-06-04). "Cody McLeod signs new $3.45 million deal with Colorado Avalanche". Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  14. ^ NHL.com (2013-10-21), Avalanche's McLeod suspended five games, NHL, retrieved 2013-10-21 
  15. ^ "Avalanche signs McLeod, Stuart to extensions". Colorado Avalanche. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2014-09-30. 
  16. ^ "Avalanche ship Cody McLeod to Nashville". Denver Post. 2017-01-13. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  17. ^ "Cody McLeod helps Predators defeat Avalanche". National Hockey League. 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-14. 

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