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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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Steve Downie should be suspended indefinitely at least until McAmmond is healthy enough to play again. This includes the AHL, because he may not make the Flyers anyways. Players like Downie, Donald Brashear, and Chris Simon do not belong in the NHL. They Have No Value Added. They speed around like criminals on skates always attacking non-fighters like McAmmond. I believe that not much will come of it, especially if Downie is sent down to the minors. The NHL likes this kind of behaviour otherwise they would not condone it. When it comes to discipline, and penalties/suspensions the NHL always is reactive. They rationalize every situation rather than being firm with these "criminals on skates". Until the NHL starts being proactive in its rules on on-ice standard behaviour of conduct and standard tough and punitive disciplines for specific violations it will not be taken seriously. Failing to do so will only encourage more of the same.

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Vince Licandro, 2007-09-26 14:31:50

No suspension whatsoever. Chris Neil did the exact same thing to Chris Drury and that was considered ok. Dean should have had his head up instead of admiring his pass. McGratton should be fined and suspended for uttering threats. The last time the league let players make threats like this, it lead to the Bertuzzi-Moore incident.
Bill H, 2007-09-26 14:27:09

Yes,lets not forget that these players are role models for the kids. Not only was it a hit to the head but also charging (more then 2 strides) no one likes to see what went on last night or someone career end on a cheap hit.
Duke, 2007-09-26 14:20:12

Seng him to the American league. They know how to handle guys like Downey.
Harry, 2007-09-26 14:16:41

I believe a suspension of up to 5 games could be justified. Hits like the one Downie made happen from time to time in the heat of a game, but the circumstances should be considered in this case. He was "hot" after taking a hit earlier in the shift so he was likely head hunting. This needs to be discouraged.

My only beef with suspensions in a case like this, is that the league typically penalizes the result and not the infraction. If the Sens player wasn't taken off on a stretcher, it would have been a 2 minute penalty or a 5 minute major maximum. An example on the other side of this issue - Alfie takes a slap shot at Niedermayer after play is whistled dead in the playoffs last year - no injury, so no penalty.

I can see why players get frustrated. The officiating in the game today is a joke.
Jake, 2007-09-26 14:10:59

i think he should gone for 25 games.if he gets achang to play in the N.H.L.
robert kane, 2007-09-26 13:55:16

Tough call on this one. There was obviously an intent to make a huge hit, and an injury resulted, but do you suspend for intent? The hit itself was marginal, but is that enough to suspend? My feeling is it was a gutless hit but not one that was so illegal as to warrant a suspension.
b, 2007-09-26 13:38:59

I think the sens are a bunch of whiners. I don't agree with Downie leaving his feet but in reality if he hadn't McAmmond would still be laying on the ice with a concussion. McAmmond should know better than to watch the puck after he passes it. Downie shouldn't have left his feet but all in all it was a good hit. Neil took a run at one of the Ducks in the playoffs last year from the blueline with his elbows up and nearly took the guy's head off. Didn't hear the sens say anything about that. Of course not. The sens are a bunch of whiners. McAmmond was watching the puck and not protecting himself. He left himself in a position to get drilled. Again, I don't agree with Downie leaving his feet but I don't think that warrants a suspension. At the very most he should be suspended no more than 3 games.
Scott, 2007-09-26 13:38:04

next game, give the refs a five-minute coffee break.
len, 2007-09-26 13:37:30

funny how hockey people loved Downie when he was running people in the world juniors but now he's a bad guy,...
truenorthern, 2007-09-26 13:36:30

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