Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, here laying on the ice, sustained a concussion and cuts to the ear after a hit by Avalanche forward Cody McLeod last week. The NHL suspended McLeod for five games. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)
Avalanche forward Cody McLeod was suspended five games by NHL officials on Monday for his hit along the boards on Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall last week.
Kronwall was carried off the ice on a stretcher early in the first period after being rammed into the boards in the Red Wings 4-2 victory last Thursday. He suffered a concussion and cuts to the ear.
McLeod was assessed a 5-minute penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit on Kronwall.
The suspension will cost McLeod $29,487, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Roman Hamrlik retires
Defenseman Roman Hamrlik retired after a 20-year NHL career.
The three-time All-Star was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He played 1,395 games in the regular season and 113 in the playoffs with the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens, Capitals and Rangers.
From Zlin, Czech Republic, Hamrlik had 155 goals and 483 assists for 638 points while averaging over 23 minutes in ice time.
“As a kid growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to play in the National Hockey League,” 39-year-old Hamrlik said in an NHLPA statement Monday.
“It has been a great honor and a privilege to spend 20 seasons playing in the greatest hockey league in the world.”
Ex-Leaf Allan Stanley dies
Allan Stanley, a Hall of Fame defenseman who won four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs during a 22-year career, has died. He was 87.
During 10 seasons with the Leafs, Stanley formed a fierce tandem with Tim Horton. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
Canadiens forward Brandon Prust will miss four weeks (right shoulder).