DETROIT -- Blackhawks tough guy Jamal Mayers has been in the NHL a long time, but he experienced a first Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.
He was head-butted.
Wild defenseman Nate Prosser was suspended one game Friday for head-butting Mayers in the face late in the first period of Thursday's game. Prosser, who was given a major penalty and game misconduct for it, will forfeit $3,864.86 in salary.
"Obviously, I was shocked to have that happen; it's never happened in my career," said Mayers, who suffered a bloody lip. "I've been punched in the face before but never been head -butted. I wasn't happy about it. To his credit, Prosser did apologize to me after the game, which I appreciated. But still, there's no need for that in the game."
Prosser told the reporters after the game that it was incidental, but it certainly didn't look like it in replays. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said it clearly violates the NHL's rule for head-butting.
"[Mayers] pushed me in the stomach and I went forward," Prosser said. "It was the most unintentional thing I think Ive ever done. I think he sold it pretty well. He acted like his teeth were knocked out. I felt bad at the time, but then he's back the next shift."
Here is Shanahan's suspension video: