Prosser suspended one game for head butt

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Prosser suspended one game for head butt

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:

New Fire acquisition Dax McCarty tweets thank you to Red Bull fans

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New Fire acquisition Dax McCarty tweets thank you to Red Bull fans

When the Chicago Fire traded for midfielder Dax McCarty it surprised many around Major League Soccer.

McCarty had been with the New York Red Bulls for five and a half seasons and served as the team's captain in recent years. He was a central figure in the club's identity and success (2013 and 2015 Supporters' Shield winners). His departure was devastating to many fans and came at a busy time in McCarty's life.

He got married two days before the trade and had just arrived with the U.S. national team for the annual January camp that takes place during the MLS offseason and largely features domestically based players.

On Sunday McCarty took to Twitter to thank Red Bulls fans in a lengthy note.

McCarty says he was blindsided by the trade.

"I have been in the league long enough to know how things work, yet somehow I was still surprised," McCarty said in the note. "I've been sitting here for a week trying to process everything, and I still can't quite come up with the words to describe how I'm feeling."

McCarty then thanked his teammates, the support staff with the Red Bulls, Red Bulls fans and his wife.

"To the fans: Thank you for giving me 5 1/2 of the best years of my life," he wrote.

The note is similar to what Harry Shipp tweeted after the Fire traded the Lake Forest native to the Montreal Impact. Shipp was again traded this offseason, to reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle.

One difference between the two is that Shipp mentioned being excited to join Montreal. McCarty made no mention of Chicago or the Fire.

"It will be weird stepping onto the field at Red Bull Arena as an opponent, but I'll always cherish the memories we made together, as a family," McCarty wrote. "If you could do me one huge favor and not chant "metro reject" when I come back, I would greatly appreciate it."

Metro reject is an old chant for former players in reference the club's previous name, New York/New Jersey Metrostars. The Fire visit Red Bull Arena on April 29.

The Fire open preseason training on Monday, although McCarty won't be there because he is still in camp with the national team.

Prairie Ridge OL Jeff Jenkins commits to Iowa

Prairie Ridge OL Jeff Jenkins commits to Iowa

Prairie Ridge junior offensive linemen recruit Jeff Jenkins (6-foot-4, 260 pounds) made an unofficial Sunday Junior Day visit to the University of Iowa and came away verbally committed to the Hawkeyes.

"I didn't want to wait," Jenkins said. "I knew I wanted to be a Hawkeye when I met the coaches at Iowa and got on campus."

Jenkins, an All-State linemen for the 2016 Class 6A state champion Wolves, received a scholarship offer from Iowa back on Jan. 13. He pointed towards the Hawkeyes history of developing NFL caliber offensive linemen as one of several keys in his early decision.

"Iowa has a great tradition of offensive linemen," Jenkins said. "I was also just really impressed with the coaches at Iowa along with the facilities and everything that they have to offer. I just knew that I couldn't pass up the opportunity at Iowa. I knew it was home."