Avs' McLeod added to early-season hit list

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall is attended to by training staff during a game against...

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall is attended to by training staff during a game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Oct. 17, 2013. (YouTube)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

Colorado Avalanche winger Cody McLeod joined Max Lapierre and Patrick Kaleta on the league’s early-season illegal-hit list Thursday night after driving Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall’s head into the boards.

McLeod has been offered an in-person hearing with the league’s department of player safety, which means the league could be planning to issue the 29-year-old a ban of six games or more.

McLeod was assessed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the incident that saw Kronwall stretchered off the ice just two minutes into the game.

“Tough situation for him, anytime you get hit like that, you’re out cold,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. “You’re scared to say the least.

“These hits are things we’ve got to get out of the game.”

The Wings later released a statement updating Kronwall’s condition.

“Kronwall has a concussion; cuts to the ear but he's moving all extremities,” they said.

Fellow Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson added to the Free Press: “He was out, he didn’t really know what happened there … Then he was asking some questions. It was a little scary but we found out early he was fine and he was going to recover fine.”


Videos

Photos