Monday, July 19, 2010

McLeod headed for Denmark

Brahmas defenseman to play for HvIK Hvidovre

Texas Brahmas fans have lost a giant on the blue line. Kevin McLeod has signed to play next season in Denmark. This comes as no surprise to those who knew of his desire to play in Europe. With Hvidovre Ligahockey in the AL-Bank Ligaen, McLeod gets his shot.

One can't deny the impact McLeod has had on the Brahmas, not just in his scoring threat as well as excellent defensive play, but also in the level of quiet moxy that he brought to the ice.

McLeod played forward in college but was moved to the blue line by Fonger for his rookie season – he adapted well, becoming a versatile offensive defenseman. During his three seasons with the Brahmas, he tallied 114 points (46 G, 68 A, +24) and 201 penalty minutes in 168 games played. This includes 19 power play goals, 29 power play assists and 13 game-winning goals. In the post-season, has scored 20 points (5 G, 15 A, +4) with 40 penalty minutes in 31 games.

He was the top scoring Brahmas defenseman each year. During the 2008-09 season, he was tied with Amarillo's Sam Ftorek for most goals by a defenseman (20) league-wide. He also led all CHL defensemen with 12 power play goals, six game-winning goals and had the best shot percentage at .130.

Last November, McLeod scored his first hat trick in a 4-3 overtime road loss to the Allen Americans. In January, he was called up to the American Hockey League where he saw action in five games with the Springfield Falcons.

It's safe to say that Marv was everything the fans wanted in a player and on the flip side, he felt the same way about the fans.

"The fans are unbelievable. The fan club especially. The treated us very well from day one when we moved in; they had everything at the apartments. They never hesitated if you asked them for something or needed a favor. During the games, the fans were great. They were loud; they were everything you could ask for from a pro hockey fan, basically."

Good luck Marv and happy trails!

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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