Each year, Hit The Ice invites professional trainers and athletes, including NHL players, to meet with the boys and help them improve by sharing their knowledge of the game, their athletic expertise and their life experience. These encounters with pros and trainers are something that HTI players and viewers alike await with relish each year.
Cody McLeod made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche on December 19, 2007, in a 2-1 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. McLeod dressed and played for every remaining Avalanche game after he was called up from the Lake Eerie Monsters. Recognized by fans for his charismatic grit, he's become one of Colorado’s main fighters on the ice. McLeod became the first Avalanche rookie in history to record over 100 penalty minutes. With Paul Stastny signing with the Blues prior to the 2014-15 season, McLeod became the current longest-tenured member of the Avalanche.