Minnesota Wild player development coach Cody McLeod talks to The Rink Live about his new NHL role off the ice

For around a decade, Cody McLeod was a guy that Minnesota Wild fans loved to hate, as he scored goals and dropped the gloves for the hated Colorado Avalanche. After two years as a player in the Wild's minor league system, McLeod recently retired and has joined the team in a coaching role.


With the Minnesota Wild's 2022 Development Camp wrapping up, new coach Cody McLeod talked to The Rink Live about what he has seen on the ice, his new coaching role and his path to a career in pro hockey.


1:15 – Being a member of the Wild organization
1:40 – New role as a coach
2:10 – Travel in the new job
2:45 – Roots in small-town Manitoba
3:55 – Going undrafted in the NHL
5:00 – Traversing the country in the minors
6:10 – Playing junior hockey in Portland
7:20 – Learning to stand up for yourself
8:40 – Getting traded to Nashville
9:20 – Predators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final
10:10 – Fans in Nashville
11:40 – Wild-Avalanche playoff series in 2014
12:35 – Playing for the Iowa Wild
14:10 – His first Development Camp
15:25 – What coaches and players do there
16:15 – His role this coming season
17:05 – Making the decision to retire
18:15 – The toughest players he fought
19:30 – Family life off the ice
20:40 – Living in Tennessee
21:15 – His favorite country music
21:45 – Best things to do in Des Moines
23:15 – Top Wild prospects Beckman & Rossi
24:25 – Matt Boldy
25:40 – Brock Faber
26:25 – Jack Peart
27:00 – Wrap-up


Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014.
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