Winnipeg Jets Drew Stafford to face hearing for high stick
Winnipeg Jets forward Drew Stafford may be in more trouble for striking Colorado Avalanche Nick Holden in the face with his stick.
Stafford will have a hearing on Monday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for the hit.
The incident happened late in the second period of Winnipeg’s 4-2 win on Saturday. Stafford swung around while battling Holden for the puck, causing the shaft of his stick to smack the Avalanche defenceman’s nose. Holden immediately fell to the ice and was cut by the slash. Stafford was assessed a double minor for high-sticking. Holden was also penalized on the play for hooking.
Stafford scored twice and had an assist in the victory. He currently leads the Jets with 16 goals in 49 games.
Stafford has never been fined or suspended during his 10-year NHL career.