We continue our look at 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche highlights today by highlighting Cody McLeod breaking the team record for penalty minutes.
Cody McLeod wears an “A” on his jersey because his passion on the ice is unmatched. He’s not a skilled player, only posting 20 points in a season once in his career, but when he’s on the ice he’s going to cause havoc with his checking ability. He’s the resident Avalanche pest, the guy who is always yapping at the other bench, the guy who gets under the skin of the other team, the guy who you’d hate if he weren’t on your team. He’s made a career out of this ever since making his debut in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. On February 1, 2014, McLeod etched his name into the Avalanche history book when he broke Adam Foote‘s team record for penalty minutes with 953. He entered the game tied with Foote and didn’t break the record with a minor penalty, but instead dropped the gloves with rival Zenon Konopka, who he’s fought four times in his career, and spent five minutes in the penalty box for his effort. Outside of the lockout shortened 2012-2013 season, McLeod has logged over 100 penalty minutes in each season he’s been in the pros and will enter next season just 22 minutes shy of 1,000 career penalty minutes.
Nicknamed “Highlander” McLeod proved that there can only be one atop the Colorado Avalanche PIM record book.