Grand Rapids Griffins star Mitch Callahan shocked his Twitter followers on Wednesday night after sharing a gruesome image of the facial injury he suffered during an American Hockey League game against Iowa.

The 22-year-old lost 10 teeth and suffered a broken jaw after being struck by a puck, and uploaded a photo on the social media site just minutes after the incident, as his team-mates searched the ice for his pearly whites.

Callahan underwent surgery on Thursday, and is expected to be back in action sometime during the playoffs.

The Grand Rapids Griffins went on to win Wednesday's game 6-1 in the absence of their second-top goalscorer, and they paid tribute to the Detroit Red Wings prospect after the match.

Ryan Sproul was the player whose slap shot connected with Callahan and caused the brutal injury, and according to former Griffins player, Luke Glendening, he felt really guilty about the incident and didn't want to talk about it post-match.

"He feels terrible," he said. "He didn't want to talk about it. He feels bad. I guess Cally got cross-checked and he was falling as Sproul shot it, but he still feels terrible."

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