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.
Hey Downie, heads up
Listen, when one goes to hit someone the intent is to place them on their keister as hard as one can. The last thought going through ones head is if their going to hit someone too hard. Hard hitting is part of the game and the intent to hit someone as hard as you can will always be there... How many times have we seen Wendel Clark, and others, destroy people behind the net with those types of hits?!?!?!!? Too many to count. Dean got caught watching/hoping that the puck was going to go in and paid for it dearly. You have two people colliding at full tilt, this is what happens.
CHACHI, 2007-09-26 15:05:07
adam, 2007-09-26 15:01:20
Wish I could tell the labour board that. Don't bother me about unsafe prectices unless someone breaks their neck.
wayne, 2007-09-26 14:59:03
A true hockey fan would look at the incident and realize right away that the hit was totally illegal and gutless and delivered by a coward. Take a second look at the replay; Downie is almost parallel to ground when he makes impact. And to turtle after that,,,,a true coward.
The truly sad part is that there will always be guys like this and always people to protect and validate his actions (as long as he does it against the team they hate).
Ray, 2007-09-26 14:56:52
McGoofen, Neil, Bumlak - I guess these guys dress for their scoring talent? Move on.
John, 2007-09-26 14:54:05
This kid Downie has a history of this, going back to junior, which is too bad cause he can be a good NHL player. I personally hope that he is mandated by the league to be suspended until Phily plays Ottawa the next time, and that Downie must be on the ice for the first shift. That will be enough punishment (and lesson) for the kid.
Tom McGrath, 2007-09-26 14:50:57