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Minnesota’s Prosser suspended one game for head-butt

Apr 6, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan has suspended Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser for one game, stemming from a head-butt on Chicago’s Jamal Mayers in the Wild’s 2-1 shootout victory on Thursday.

Here’s Shanahan’s video explanation:

The incident occurred with under two minutes to play in the first period, with Prosser receiving a major penalty and game misconduct. Following the game, Prosser insisted the head-butt wasn’t on purpose.

“He pushed me in the stomach and I went forward. It was the most unintentional thing I think I’ve ever done,” he said, as per the StarTribune. “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.”

The 25-year-old rearguard joins some exclusive company with his suspension, becoming just the second player this year to be punished for headbutting. Earlier this season, Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta was handed a four-game ban for the same offense, though he was a repeat (okay, serial) offender…he also preferred the advanced “flying” head-butt technique.

Prosser will miss Minnesota’s season finale — Saturday, Apr. 7 against Phoenix — and will forfeit $3,864.86 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  1. kcredneck - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    IS PROSSER POSSIBLY RELATED TO BOBO BRAZIL?

  2. dumptrucked - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Yet a blatent intent to injure with career threatening implications via a knee to knee shot from the leagues golden penguins will recieve no supplemental discipline, f#ck you shannaban

  3. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    well that’s what you get for trying to sneeze on our goalie. Next time, don’t come into our crease after the whistle, just go back to the bench little girl

    WELL DONE PROSSER!

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      that was all a joke BTW. No reason for Prosser to do this and was an easy suspension from Shanny

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