The NHL Department of player safety announced Monday that it had suspended Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod for five games without pay. During the team’s game against the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 17, McLeod was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding defenseman Niklas Kronwall.
McLeod, who has already served one game of his suspension, met with league officials on Monday. He will be eligible return on Nov. 1, when the Avs take on the Dallas Stars.
McLeod was following Kronwall into the corner. Kronwall suddenly changed direction, and McLeod hit his head into the boards. Kronwall was taken off on a stretcher, suffering a concussion and lacerations to his ear. He has resumed skating with his team.
During a video explanation, VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan said the suspension was due to the injury and the fact that McLeod had time to adjust his path after Kronwall made the move.
This is McLoed’s first career suspension. He will forfeit $29,487.20 in salary; which will go in the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.