He was given the ‘C’ for his final game of 2021-22. It turns out it was all for naught. On Monday afternoon, the Iowa Wild announced a one-year contract with veteran forward Cody McLeod for the 2021-22 American Hockey League season.
The now 37-year-old will begin his 17th professional season this fall, in what is his eighth professional club throughout his playing career. The long-time pugilist has spent the past two years solely within the minors on the farm club of the Minnesota Wild, following a 12-year run through the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and New York Rangers.
Making a living as a grinding, fourth-line enforcer, McLeod has enjoyed the past two years with Iowa, serving as a leader within the dressing room and continuing to play the game he loves as a professional. Only managing six goals and 11 points in 51 games over two seasons with the Wild, McLeod has, however, added 134 penalty minutes to his stat-line over that timeframe.
The Binscarth, MB. product has skated in 776 career NHL games, picking up 72 goals, 127 points and 1,630 penalty minutes in the process. At 6-foot-2 and 213 pounds, McLeod is one of the league’s toughest customers, and will likely continue to wear a letter for the Wild in 2021-22.