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Avs’ McLeod: ‘I don’t want to hurt anyone’

Oct 23, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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Cody McLeod, currently serving a five-game suspension for hitting Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall from behind into the boards last week, has spoken publicly about the hit and the length of his ban.

In an article in the Denver Post, McLeod, the Colorado Avalanche forward, made it be known that he is not in favor of the sentence handed down by Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s senior vice-president of player safety.

McLeod also conveyed detail of a conversation he had with Kronwall later on in the evening.

“I went and saw him after the first (period). I apologized and we talked it over. I just wanted to make sure he’s alright, and I’m glad he is. I don’t want to hurt anyone out there,” McLeod told the Denver Post.

In the article, it was written that Kronwall accepted blame for putting himself in a vulnerable position.

“It was good to hear that he was a bit at fault too,” said McLeod.

“Like I said, I don’t want to hurt anyone out there. As a third- or fourth-line player it’s my job to go out and finish my checks. It’s too bad it happened like that.”

Kronwall had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher, and suffered a mild concussion, as well as cuts to his ear.

  1. pxland - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Good on Cody.

  2. hammerhead5573 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    For someone who is not a fan of the Avs’ ( I don’t hate them but really don’t care for them either) It seems he is a stand up guy and hopefully a man of his word.

    • polegojim - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      He is and it was unfortunate… but you have to be in control, esp skating someone into the boards.

      Glad he accepted responsibility and talked with Nik.

      • avscup - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        He is a stand up guy, unlike Shanaban. This was an unfortunate accident that should not have led to a suspension other than the two games missed before the meeting. Clearly McLeod could have avoided the hit and not done his job which was to do as he did. It puts him in a tough spot. Kronwall admittedly accepted blame for his part which was also to play the game and try to make a good play.

        Sometimes injuries happen and there does not need to be a hearing to determine who made a good hockey play and who didn’t. In this case, it was simply an accident at game speed, yet Shananban had the luxury of watching that hundreds of times before he decides to award a suspension for a ‘Hockey play.”


      • polegojim - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        Avscup… imagine me shaking my head…

  3. charlieconway96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM


  4. c9castine - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    it was a tough play unlike some of the others. pretty sudden change in direction for kronwall and mcleod was trying to angle him off and had to make a last minute turn into kronwall, or get burned. still, he COULD have avoided the result. gotta make better decisions once you see the numbers on somebodys back.

  5. thibbledorfpwent - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Seriously avscup, watch the video, after. Kronwall makes an (admittedly poorly-timed momentum change) McLeod immediately moves his skates to alter his direction and finish the check, it’s not like kids aren’t taught from day one to never hit anybody that way or anything (insert sarcasm here). It was a penalty play, and someone got hurt, hence the suspension, it’s pretty basic. Did Kronwall put himself in a stupid position where it was possible he would get hurt if someone bend him made a bonehead play? Absolutely he did, but McLeod still made the bonehead play, thus he get’s the suspension.

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