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Should Downie be suspended for his hit on McAmmond?
Wed, September 26, 2007

Dean McAmmond was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to hospital after suffering a concussion following a dirty hit to the head 2:39 into the second period by Philly's Steve Downie.

Downie, who was drafted in the first round by the Flyers in the 2005, earned a reputation with the OHL's Peterborough Petes and Kitchener Rangers for being a hit-and-run artist.

Do you think Downie is a hit-and-run artist, or a gritty forward who always finishes his checks? Should he be suspended for the hit? Have your say in our forum.

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Yes Downie deserves to be suspended. That was a dirty hit that could have ended McAmmond's career. Downie was pasted near the blueline by a Sen and being the type that cant take a hit was mad and went after the first Sen he saw with the puck. He has a reputation for being a dirty player and after the hazing incident on the team bus I really lost respect for him.

The NHL has to start suspending players for at least 10 games for a head shot for a first time offender. Second time offender gets 20 games and so on and so on.

By the way, I am a Flyers fan but I am disgusted by Downie as a player and a person. There shouldnt be any place in the NHL for players that dont respect there opponents.
Jimmy, 2007-09-27 09:06:27

It's amazing that people like Ray can say that leafs fans/sens haters aren't hockey fans because they tell the truth that the sens are whiners and cheap shot artists. We've got the evidence from last season's playoffs of the Sens getting away with cheap shots on Crosby, to name one, and then Bryan Murray having the audacity to complain when they faced the same thing later in the playoffs. The Sens have Alfie and Neil, two of the biggest cheap shot artists in the league, but if we dare to mention it, we're branded as Sens haters/leafs fans, but all the Sens fans who think their players can never do wrong are hockey fans? It's so easy to bash Leafs Nation, or Pens fans becaue they have Colby Armstrong,isn't it?. I have yet to hear a Sens fan, and I know many, admit any of their players are ever less than angels. Now we have McGratton running his mouth off, inciting another Bertuzzi incident, but that seems to be OK. The league didn't do anything about this kind of garbage after Moore hit Naslund, they won't do anything about it now, the same way they'll suspend Downie simply because McAmmond didn't get up. If McAmmond would have gotten up, like McCabe did, Downie likely wouldn't have even been penalized. AND THAT IS THE PROBLEM! Every one of this hits should be penalized and garner suspensions, no matter who dished out the hit and where it happened on the ice, and that includes Neil on Drury, Domi on Niedermayer, and any other hit like this whether the hit player gets up or not. And it should have nothing to do with whether the rookie has no respect for the veteran - I don't see the veterans having much respect for other players either. If Bettman and Campbell did their job, the Bertuzzis and Neils of the world wouldn't be in the NHL any longer, the elbow happy Scott Stevens wouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, and those like Downie who try to emulate them wouldn't be an issue.
chris, 2007-09-27 08:58:59

Wow, from what I read in this forum is that leaf fans really hate senator fans, and vice versa. Nobdy is really addressing the problem of lack of respect in hockey. Steve Downie outrightly went after an unsuspecting player and must be punished for it. On the other hand players like McGratton and Neal have to keep their mouths shut, and let the league deal with the punishment and not retribution. All you leafs and sens fans, stop slagging each other. Go Habs Go.
Eric Severeyns, 2007-09-27 07:17:41

A small suspension...5 - 10 games, that's it.

That hit was not any worse than many others, plus Mac appears to be OK, which the NHL always takes into consideration when handing out punishment.

Downie is trying to land a job with the team. A little overboard, yes...suspension for life? C'mon, get real!!
Leeb, 2007-09-27 03:28:02

Why go after downie,, sure he is a goon,,, now think back what did Alfie get for the hit from behind and a leaf's seperated shoulder.. oh yea he got a goal..
steve, 2007-09-27 03:04:20

This was one of the most vicious hits the league has ever seen. Not only did he leave his feet, he propelled his body forward into McAmmond's head. A very long suspension is necessary, it easily could have been another Bertuzzi/Moore incident or worse.
Rick, 2007-09-27 01:14:39

Suspend the guy for the rest of the season. If he does it again then suspend for 2 years. He is a goon who could care less who he hurts and apparently has never had any serious consequences for his past negative behaviour. Get rid of him.
mikey, 2007-09-27 00:57:07

It's time the limp wristed officials of the NHL made an example of this brain dead twit, and suspend him for life, before someone is killed. Jerks like him are making the NHL look like the WWF. Professional? I don't think so.
George, 2007-09-27 00:14:08

Paul,

The Downie hit is definitely not something that you see every night. Downie was upset that he got hit and went headhunting. Having an idiot rookie possibly ending the career of a respected veteran player is absolutely ridiculous.

I do agree that there is a total lack of respect among some players. The league has to let it be known that hits with intent to injure will not be tolerated.
colin, 2007-09-26 23:52:04

GUYS LIKE BRIAN MCGRATTEN,CHRIS NEIL,SEAN AVERY ARE ALL INTIMIDATERS.ALL OF THEM HAVE DISHED OUT SIMILAR TYPE HITS...EVERYBODY THAT PLAYS HOCKEY AT A HIGHER LEVEL KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO BUY ROOM OUT ON THE ICE.WATCH THE SPORTS NEWS ANY NIGHT AND YOUR ALMOST CERTAIN TO SEE REPLAYS OF SIMILAR HITS.....THERE IS NO RESPECT AMONG SOME PLAYERS.i JUST WISH SOME OF THE AFORE MENTIONED SENATOR PLAYERS WOULD LOOK IN A MIRROR BEFORE THEY SPEAK....IM SICK OF THE HYPOCRACY
PAUL, 2007-09-26 22:50:26

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