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McLeod offered in-person hearing over Kronwall hit

Oct 18, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

Cody McLeod Getty Images

Thursday night saw an ugly incident in Denver when Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod hit Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall from behind and injuring him.

Now McLeod can fly to New York City to discuss the play with the NHL.

The Avalanche forward has been offered an in-person hearing with the league because of the hit. That opens up the possibility of a suspension of six games or more. McLeod hit Kronwall from behind just 2:13 into the first period of Thursday’s game and earned a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for it.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said following the game that Kronwall had a “mild concussion” and McLeod’s hit are the types of hits the league has to eliminate.

In case you missed it, here’s the play in question with video from Colorado’s Altitude Network.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    What in the world was he thinking? He knew how fast he was going. That was a poor last second reaction. He must’ve felt like crap when he saw the stretcher.

    I always look at the reality and day when it’s a bad hit or a mishap over a clean hit. But unfortunately I can’t defend this one. Shanahan will have a video of McLeod looking directly at his upper body as he lined him up. Maybe he didn’t realize how fast he was going? Who knows. But he knew what he was gonna hit. There’s a camera directly aimed at his gave and shows he lined him up.

    I hope Shanahan suspends Roy at least 5 games.

    • polegojim - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Yep… he’s getting at least 4 and well deserved.

      Stupid is the best description of that one.

      Recover soon Nick.

    • equinoxranch - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      McLeod had no intention of applying a clean hit or push whatsoever and the apologists for same are just that…., apologists. McLeod’s “push” on Jared Spurgeon two years ago was identical to what he deliberately did to Kronwall and he knows it. The league needs to come down beyond financially and suspension hard and heavy on him, as well Roy. There should also be serious discussion with John Mitchell as per his participation that escaped everyone’s eye save for mine………….. Roy, in classic cowardly Roy fashion has clearly sent the message that the Avalanche are to play as physical and violent as possible in order to win and once again the league have to pragmatically come down hard on this.
      Too many decent, highly skilled and worthy players adorn the league (or its farm network) who deserve to have a clean game and, win or lose, walk off the ice in one piece, safe and sound, back to their wife, children, girlfriend or maybe nothing more than a couch. Vicious and cowardly scum like McLeod should not be anywhere near any rink, period.

      On a not so separate note Peter McNab needs to make a formal apology for his unconscionable remark about Kronwall.

    • trueblue1225 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Krownwall is one of the top three dirtiest cheap shot artist in NHL. I hope he keeps getting hot and hurt until the bum is out of the game. Same goes for Rusty Torres. Kronwall simply got a taste of his own medicine.
      The Red Wings can play dirty all the time because league disciplinarian is biased and never penalizes them.

  2. raiderssuckballz - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Kronwall is the guy who always makes those hits! The Wings are a dirty team!

    • juansy - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      You’re an idiot! How many game misconducts has Kronwall had? How many suspensions? Kronwall hits hard but legal. That hit was bush league and he’ll be suspended for 10 games.

      • trueblue1225 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:26 AM

        Kronwall never gets a suspension because biased Brendan Shanahan never punishes any Red Wing Players.

        Kronwall got a taste of his own medicine and I hope he gets it again and again.

        It starts with the opposing player receiving the puck on the same side of the ice that Kronwall is monitoring. The player gets the puck and looks to immediately gather speed and head up ice. As there are very few NHL defencemen who will look to pinch and take out the puck carrier, the player thinks the way is clear of defenders and he will be able to skate a few strides without impediment. Wrong. Kronwall, knowing the player has his head down, skates toward him and explodes into the unsuspecting player with, as we saw last night, thunderous force. Trying to hit an unsuspecting playing with extreme force – that is dangerous and should be banned. Players should be protected in NHL from blind hits!

    • kurwamac13 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      You’re talking sh:t. Red Wings are the class organization of the NHL.
      Kronwall has never been suspended for any of his hits. Top 5 defenseman.

      • Reynolds - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Whoa, he’s a great hitter and a solid defenseman, not top 5 though. Not even top 10.

    • ntvd7 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM


      Kronwall walks a fine line but he’s not a dirty player in any aspect

      His timing is impeccable

      • trueblue1225 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:29 AM

        Your just a biased Red Wing fan. Several recent polls have put Kronwall as the second dirtiest player in NHL ahead of Rusty Torres. How is hitting a playing looking down, often jumping off his feet and hitting the player in the head clean?

    • cshei0405 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I hate to see incident like this on ice, but I do agree with you, Red Wings plays dirty all the time, that’s why I hate them!

      • kurwamac13 - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        You’re probably a queer Blue Jackets fan.

  3. jb8588 - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    This one is tough IMO. Though it’s similar to the Lapierre hit, I totally don’t blame McLeod on this. He was chasing the puck with Kronwall, and even though Kronwall had his back turned the whole time, he seemed to suddenly turn into a vulnurable position right at the moment McLeod committed to the hit. I feel Kronwall is just as guilty on this one for putting himself in that vulnurable position when he knew McLeod was right on his tail. If I were in McLeod’s position, I would probably think that Kronwall wouldn’t turn in the direction he did at the last possible second.

    • skr213 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      I agree to some extent, but it seems like you put the blame 50/50. I’d say it’s more like 75% McLeod and 25% Kronwall. Kronwall definitely did an unexpected turn at the last second, but McLeod could have done something different.

      • trueblue1225 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:33 AM

        Kronwall hits player looking down at the puck all the time, often leaving his feet and making contact with their head. With Red Wing Ringer in NHL office, Brendan Shanahan, the Red Wings never get suspended. Kronwall simply got a taste of his own medicine.

  4. avfanforlife - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    I was with you up until the “suspends Roy” part. I was watching too, and my first reaction was “What the F was that?!?” Stupid Stupid Stupid hit. But pre-meditated and Roy’s fault? No way. The whole team knew the importance of this game and what it meant for Roy, and they wanted a good, hard fought, well-managed game. McLeod blew it. He knew it the second he did it – so did everyone in the building. No one in their right mind will see it differently than a dumb move on his part and a suspension is most likely coming down. Players in a game like this will often try to set a tone, but McLeod should have never gone into him with the numbers showing that obviously, even though Kronwall turned last second. Poor timing on his part, which in my opinion, turned what would have been a boarding penalty into an injury/game misconduct. Sorry Cody, you were at fault and you will pay for this one.

    • 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      I’m not sure how you guys roll out there in Coors Light Land. But the “suspends Roy” part is called sarcasm. As he would get screwed for something that he had nothing to do with just cause he’s Roy. But I do to hold it against you guys. I’ve been to Boulder, and loved it there. The girls are a bit “under par” to say the least, but maybe cause I was in hippie ville.

      • govtminion - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        Hey, if you’re trying to pick up women in the People’s Republic of Boulder, you’re going to get hippie-chicks. That’s Boulder. Next time, try Greeley- smells like cow crap, but the farm girls and college students are everywhere.

        Oh, yeah, and MacLeod should get at least four games for that. Boneheaded play.

      • avfanforlife - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        “Suspends Roy” was sarcasm? Oh – OK… Do you usually have to explain your “sarcasm”? …I wouldn’t expect that you ever do because you are so good at it. (Now THAT’s sarcasm)

      • 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        I usually have to explain it to those who are “unjustly mentally unfortunate” as yourself. (Basically that means if you didn’t pick up on the sarcasm, then you’re just stupid.)

      • avfanforlife - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        OR you simply suck at sarcasm. (the thumbs up v thumbs down seem to favor me in this little discussion, but we’ll just go ahead and think you are funny)

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        You are just stupid.

  5. storminator16 - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    NHL needs to clean this up. They let this kind of crap creep into the game and they’ve made no real effort to get rid of it. What’s the solution? Who knows. All I know is the fact the NHL has to do something. It isn’t as simple as suspending a 3rd or 4th liner for 25 games. That is a fact.

    • trueblue1225 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:38 AM

      Kronwall hits player looking down at the puck all the time, often leaving his feet and making contact with their head. With Red Wing Ringer in NHL office, Brendan Shanahan, the Red Wings never get suspended.

  6. polegojim - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Haynes and McNabb should offer a PUBLIC apology.

    Listening to both of them was embarrassing to the Avs organization and the NHL.

    It’s attitudes and viewpoints like they offered that smears the game.

    • 950003cups - Oct 18, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      I thought McNabb was better as an Eagle QB. Hockey isn’t his gig.

      (uh ohm, here come the stupid comments about “you’re talking about the wrong McNabb”)

      • avfanforlife - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Again – you really are not good at sarcasm. (at least you are learning to explain it ahead of time though)

      • blkeskimo1785 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        CLEARLY he was talking about his Viking QB days. Haynes is THE worst of the two.

  7. sabatimus - Oct 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t know what to make of the hit. Except for this: it makes me sick. Watching someone’s head get bashed off the boards, his helmet flying off, him lying basically motionless…just makes me sick. One of these days someone is going to get killed.

  8. wingz101 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Hope he gets at least 5 games … lets face it McLeod’s game is hitting (so he knew hat he was doing as it is what he does to stay in the NHL), he was looking straight at Kronwall’s numbers from about the blue line (that eliminates the ‘suddenly turned into hit argument’) and he had a good 5-6 seconds to decide whether to slow down and pin his guy against the boards or try and drive his face through the dasher boards.

    Lost in all this is the fact that minus two flubs by Gustavsson, this was a great hockey game played at full speed … that should have been a 4-0 victory for the Red guys.

    • impious6 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      You are joking right? That was a pretty slow game… boring for a good portion of it and definitely was not played at full speed. You may have a little bias though being a Wings fan, and as we all know, every win is a good game.

      If you were watching too Gustavsson kept your team in the game… If he wasn’t playing on point it would have been a different outcome. He had a lot of good saves.

  9. sjsharks66 - Oct 18, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I would say 5 games for making a stupid and dangerous decision. Have to make a statement that players need to think a bit more when they go for a hit.

  10. kingcobraman - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    karma for Kronwalls sneaky reverse ass checks over the years…

    • blkeskimo1785 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      …had McLeod Kronwalled Kronwall, which he did not…

  11. raiderssuckballz - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Kronwell got Bertuzzied!!! HaHa!!!

    • cshei0405 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      :) :) :)

    • cshei0405 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:11 PM


  12. trueblue1225 - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Brendan Shanahan is a pathetic excuse of a league official. As director of player discipline, Shanahan is so biased for Red Wings, they can jump off their feet, hit a player in the head and injure them and get no suspension (Kronwall does this all the time) and yet when anyone hits and injure a Red Wing they get the book thrown at them. Look at Kronwall dirty hit on Flyers Voracek. Kronwall caught Voracek, who was eyeing the puck, with a shoulder to the head. No hearing. Or May 2009 when Kronwall cheap shot Marty Havlat and knocked him out. The list could go on and on on cheap Kronwall hits against players looking down at the puck. Players should not be allowed to be hit so hard they get hurt when they do not see the hit coming. Lets keep the players safe.

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