Born June 26, 1984 (age 27) in Binscarth, Manitoba, Canada
Left wing for the Colorado Avalanche
Back to the ‘Better Know a Hockey Card’ theme here, so let’s start off with, literally, THE FIGHTIN’ MCLEOD! As of this writing, McLeod stands fifth overall in terms of NHL players with fighting majors. But he began by spending four years with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. He went undrafted, so after those four years, he was looking to go big time and attended Bruins training camp in summer 2005. He went to the Providence camp too before not being offered a contract, though the Lowell Lock Monsters picked him up. The Monsters’ parent club is the Avalanche and they signed him in 2006. (They changed affiliations to the Albany River Rats after that season; McLeod followed them there.) His debut in Denver came in December 2007 against Anaheim. Just a week later, right after Christmas, he scored his first goal against Dominik Hasek as the Avs lost 4-2 to Detroit. He became adept at dropping the gloves too, becoming the first Avs rookie to notch over 100 penalty minutes.
In the 2008 playoffs against Detroit, McLeod actually picked up an octopus thrown onto the ice (a time-honored, if smelly, Detroit tradition–I have a friend who tossed an octopus once and she said the thing smelled absolutely rancid) and tossed it back into the stands. He also scored a goal in that playoff series, though not in the same game as the octopus refund. That next season, he finished third in Avs scoring behind Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk, so he’s not just a fighter. He’s more in the model of Shawn Thornton, a fighting guy who can put up points every so often too.
2010-11 saw him notch the most NHL penalty minutes to date, although he might just beat his personal record this year. He had 189 along with eight points. One hundred and eighty-nine–there are movies that are as long as the time he spends in the sin bin. This season so far he’s played 63 games, scored six goals, added three assists and had 150 penalty minutes.