NHL.com is reporting that Colorado Avalanche left wing Cody McLeod had his in-person hearing with the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety today regarding his boarding incident against Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall on October 17th at the Pepsi Center in Denver. As a result McLeod has been suspended for five games.
As we previous reported, at just 2:13 in the first period, McLeod pursued Kronwall from behind, checking him into the boards. He was assessed a 5 minute major for Boarding Kronwall, and a 10 minute Misconduct penalty.
Here is a look at the actual incident.
As you can see from the video, Kronwall clearly had his back turned and his head down when the hit came from behind. Just like the situation involving Boyle, Kronwall remained on the ice for several minutes, eventually having to be removed from the ice by stretcher.
According to the NHL.com report, under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, McLeod will forfeit $29,487.20. The money from the penalty goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here is a look at the full explanation from the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety.
Niklas Kronwall is not cleared to play tonight. There is a possibility that he may be cleared to play on Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators in Detroit.