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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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He left his feet to hit a player with hos head down -charging should have been the call and an extra 2 min. minr for attempt to injure. There is no question that McAmmond was vulnerable but, where is the respect for another player. He didn't have to leave his feet to make the hit. It was too bad he was injured but, the referees just have to make trhe right call and Downie's club will learn that he will hurt the club with the stupid penalties he takes.
Rick, 2007-09-26 18:47:48

It was a very big hit and very entertaining. However I seen tons of hits last year that we to the head but didn't end in the guy getting hurt. Is it ok if there is no injuries?? Maybe the reff's should lay off the minor hooking and consentrate on the hits to the head.
Dwain, 2007-09-26 18:19:33

the only reason everybody got upset over Steve Downies hit is because somebody got hurt!Had Dean McAmmond had his head up and stood up Steve Downie causing Steve to suffer a concussion what would the fans say then?Hockey is and always has been a violent sport.I dont feel the least bit sorry for these whinny Ottawa Senator multi millionares.Wake up folks this happens all the time.Nobody gets excited unless somebdy gets hurt.I say let Steve play hockey...he has proven to me that he can stand up for himself...beware Ottawa Senators ...Steve is one tough customer on the ice
PAUL, 2007-09-26 17:24:33

I agree with Scott,keep your head up Dean.Lindros had the same problem.
Micheal, 2007-09-26 17:08:47

First it's clear that Scott is a couch bound part time hockey fan. Probably a leafs groupie who is used to the loser culture. If he were watching the game and understood positioning he would have noticed that Downie had left his assignment and for some reason decided to go after the only guy on the ice that he knew he could hurt. After Schubert flattened him he was in a fit of rage and skated full out to the other end of the ice with intent. I think if the ref would have had the puck at the time Downie would have smoked him too.

Scott, you think Mcgrattan or Neil are whiners? we'll see who whines during the next Philly/Sens meeting....Keep your head up Scott....
rick, 2007-09-26 16:40:06

The issue has nothing to do with Chris Neil and his past as some love to mention as to why this seems to be justified. The fact is Downie was upset by a previous hit and was looking to retaliate. He took out his frustrations on McAmmond and deserves to be suspended for it. The fact that he left his feet is a big issue. He went headhunting against someone in a vulnerable condition. Don't leave your feet, hit the guy hard and clean and there is no problem. But when you leave your feet, you should be subject to some form of consequence. In the end, trying to make a team and solidifying your role on it should not entitle you to hurt or end another player's career.
James, 2007-09-26 16:07:18

Comparing Neil's hit in playoffs or the Drury hit...hello? Do I smell a leafs fan? Neil's hit in the playoffs is moot...he wasn't even standing up completely when he through the hit...as for the Drury hit the only reason anyone called it late or illegal is because it was Chris Neil.

Get a life...all you have to do is watch the video on this one and you're an idiot if you even think it was "marginal"
Mike Beveridge, 2007-09-26 15:54:08

Sure, just as Neil was for the dirty hit on Dury last season. All the so called "though" guys on the Sens should be quiet, they are the worst offenders.
Peter, 2007-09-26 15:46:58

I was at the game last night and saw it very well. Within 30 seconds of the therapist arriving at McAmmond he called out for the paramedic. That is usually NOT a good sign. McAmmond was out cold and for a while too. It's true that hockey has it's risk but when a player jumps about a foot in the air to hit someone that's uncalled for. Downie should be reprimanded for his action and I am sure the league will give a proper punishment to him. It was hard to see the team after McAmmond was taken out, scraping the blood of your teammate on the ice, imagine how it feels.
K, 2007-09-26 15:46:14

Considering it was a pre-season game the hit was inappropriate. That doesn't mean that he should be suspended for it though. The preseason is used as a way to drum up interest in the league and to allow the players to ease back into competitive hockey of this caliber. There is an unwritten code that decrees that there are no exaggerated hits in the preseason even if they are clean. By the same code you can also expect Downie to receive punishment latter in the season.

Downie left his feet only after the hit and hit him square with his shoulder. A clean hit in the rule book. The NHL has a double standard which has to be addressed. They don't want players to go for the head but at the same time they want big hits to satisfy the audience. This has created a conflict of interest within the league. If the league were serious about protecting their players they would outlaw all head shots. But that would deter fans...so don't expect it.

Casey W Sefton
Casey Sefton, 2007-09-26 15:39:37

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