Nate Prosser Suspended One Game For Head-Butting Jamal Mayers

Mar 27, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) shoots during the first period against the New York Rangers at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Nate Prosser was suspended one game by the NHL for his head-butt on Jamal Mayers.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser has been suspended one game for his head-butt on Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers Thursday evening. The NHL's department of player safety made the announcement late Friday afternoon.

Here's what Brendan Shanahan, the league's chief of player safety, had to say about the suspension:

Prosser was ejected from the game and picked up a major penalty on the play, which occurred at the 18:19 mark of the first period. It's a pretty obvious head butt, clearly against the rules, and for it Prosser will forfeit $3,864.86. He will miss the final game of Minnesota's season on Saturday and could potentially head to the AHL's Houston Aeros following the suspension.

Mayers remained in the game following the head-butt. He scored a goal before the incident and took three penalties later in the game.

For more from the Minnesota perspective, check in with Wild blog Hockey Wilderness. For more from the Chicago perspective, check in with Blackhawks blog Second City Hockey.

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