Avalanche Sign McLeod

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed forward Cody McLeod, who played in the ECHL as a rookie in 2005-06.

The Johnstown Chiefs are the ECHL affiliate of the Avalanche of the NHL and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

The 25 year old had 15 goals, five assists and 162 penalty minutes in 79 games during his second season in the NHL in 2008-09. He was one of only four NHL players who had at least 15 goals and 150 penalty minutes, including former ECHL forward Alexandre Burrows, and is only the second player in Avalanche history to reach both marks in a season (Chris Simon in 1995-96). McLeod led Colorado with 194 hits and tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals.

McLeod played had nine points (4g-5a) and 48 penalty minutes in 16 games with San Diego in 2005-06 before being called up to the AHL where he had nine points (4g-5a) and 87 penalty minutes in 33 games for Lowell. He returned to San Diego for the Kelly Cup Playoffs and had three points (2g-1a) and 14 penalty minutes in two games.

The 6-foot-2 and 210-pound left wing, who signed with Colorado as a non-drafted free agent on July 6, 2006, made his NHL debut on Dec. 19, 2007 and went on to dress in each of the final 49 regular season games and all 10 playoff contests in 2007-08. He had nine points (4g-5a) and 120 penalty minutes becoming the only rookie in Avalanche history to surpass 100 penalty minutes.