DETROIT Chicago Blackhawks forward Jamal Mayers got an apology from Nate Prosser last night, after the Minnesota Wild defenseman head-butted him. On Friday, the NHL had its response.
Prosser was suspended one game for the head butt, so he will miss the Wilds regular-season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday night. Mayers was not seriously injured on the play he had a cut lip and played the rest of the game. That, and the fact that Prosser has never been fined or suspended in his brief NHL career, factored into Brendan Shanahans decision.
Shanahan said Prossers actions violated Rule 47: The act of headbutting that involves a player making intentional contact, or attempting to make contact, with an opponent by leading with his head or helmet.
Based on his average annual salary, Prosser will forfeit 3,864.86 for the game hell miss. The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.
Mayers appreciated Prossers apology but said theres no need for that in the game.
I was shocked to have that happen; its never happened in my career. Ive been punched in the face before but never been head butted, said Mayers. I wasnt happy about it.
Prosser told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after the game that (Mayers) pushed me in the stomach and I went forward. 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 hes back the next shift.
Check out Shanahan's official video about the suspension:
For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.
The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.
Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.
Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.
Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
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