With 4:45 remaining in the second period of Saturday night’s Avalanche-Jets game, Stafford spun around with one hand on his stick after being hooked by Holden. Stafford’s stick went directly into Holden’s face, drawing blood.
The Jets forward received a double-minor for his actions, and Holden was able to stay in the game. (Watch the play above.)
Stafford leads Winnipeg with 16 goals this year, two of which came earlier in the period.
The Jets won the game 4-2. Stafford will sit out Winnipeg’s next game, which goes Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.
Based on his average annual salary, Stafford will forfeit $23,387.10. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.