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Avalanche enforcer Cody McLeod sets team record for penalty minutes

The Colorado Avalanche’s resident pugilist Cody McLeod entered the teams’ record book during the team’s 7-1 shellacking of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon, using the tools he is most known for: His fists.

Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche lands a punch in a fight against Eric Nystrom #24 of the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on January 18, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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McLeod broke a tie with Avalanche legend (and defensive development consultant) Adam Foote to claim sole possession of the teams’ all-time record for penalty minutes (953), with a third period fight against Zenon Konopka.

This marked the fourth time Konopka and McLeod have squared off in their NHL careers. They fought twice last season.

This was the ninth fighting major of the season for McLeod, which ranks eighth in the NHL. In 49 games this season, McLeod has 97 penalty minutes; which ranks 11th in the league.

McLoed joined the Avalanche organization as an undrafted free agent in 2006, making his debut with the club in 2007. Aside from the lockout-shortened 2012-2013 campaign (in which he had 83 pims), McLeod has had at least 100 penalty minutes in every season of his career.

The 29-year-old forward was named an assistant captain for the Avalanche prior to this season.