Coyotes winger Peter Holland will be a little lighter in the wallet after throwing a punch on Saturday.
From the NHL:
Arizona Coyotes forward Peter Holland has been fined $3,611.11, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for punching an unsuspecting opponent, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat, during NHL Game No. 698 in Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 9:05 of the second period.
Palat hit the Coyotes forward along the boards, knocking him to the ice. As both teams came together, Holland skated over and delivered a solid punch to the Lightning forward’s face.
Holland was given a double-minor for roughing on the play by referees Kyle Rehman and Wes McCauley.
He’s fortunate that Palat was not injured. Rule 46.15 calls for a match penalty “to any player who punches an unsuspecting opponent and causes an injury.”
This is the first fine for Holland, who has not been suspended during his NHL career.