sat down with ColoradoAvalanche.com before Sunday's game against the Jets. McLeod, who hails from Binscarth, Manitoba (approximately 210 miles west of Winnipeg), considers the game at the MTS Centre as a "homecoming." Below is the full Q&A.
Though your hometown (Binscarth, MB) is approximately five hours away from Winnipeg, do you consider Sunday’s game a “homecoming”?
Yeah. It’s my home province and the closest NHL team to where I’m from, so, yeah, you can definitely say that.
What are your memories of the Winnipeg Jets? Were they your favorite team growing up?
No, they weren’t my favorite team [laughs]. I always cheered for the Montreal Canadiens. But when the Canadiens came to town to face Winnipeg, we’d always go watch. It was always good to see them.
How would you sum up Winnipeg, as a city?
|Cody McLeod became the first player in Avalanche history to register 100-plus penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons. |
It’s a hockey town and they’ve got some great fans there. What are you most looking forward to on the team’s visit to Winnipeg?
Just seeing friends and family. I’m definitely looking forward to it. How was youth hockey growing up in Binscarth?
We had good minor hockey there. There are lots of guys that played junior and pro that came out of there, for such a small town and its surrounding areas. It’s produced a lot of good hockey players around there. What was the community like?
It was a good, tight-knit community with hard-working people. It was kind of a farming community.
How many teeth have you lost in your career?
Seven, I think? Hopefully that’s enough [laughs].Favorite hockey memory?
Getting called up to the NHL and scoring my first NHL goal. Favorite band and/or artist?
AC/DCTeammate with the best sense of style?
TJ GaliardiWorst nickname given to you?
Probably “Muh” – whatever that means [laughs]. Favorite fast food restaurant?
The one teammate you don’t trust behind the wheel, and why?
Porter. Kevin Porter
. He’s a terrible driver and he’s already been in a couple of accidents this year.