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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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Maybe Downie should have swung his stick at his face, that was only 2 or 3 games. Let's face it. This is strickly anti-Flyer from an ex Ranger coach. If this was fair, Downie would have gotten 5 games max.
Joe Gigliotti, 2007-09-28 17:58:37

The NHL is the Mickey Mouse of all leagues! Thug Scott Stevens ended Eric Lindros career on "clean hits"! Give me a break, if you knock a player out, clean or not, its a penalty!! Downie was wrong but in the grand scheme of things its no different than Stevens or any other thug in this game that knocks someone out. If the panzy NHL had not legislated fighting out of the game, this and all the stick infractions wouldn't be an issue! Interesting how two Flyers had their wrists broken in that game and nothing comes of that. I guess everyone breaks their wrist taking slap shots!
Paddy, 2007-09-28 17:48:34

Ronald

The Sens doctor had to clear McAmmond to come back and play again. The player doesnt get a say at all. If McAmmond wasnt 100 % healthy he wouldnt have been on the ice. Yes it is easier to have a concussion once you have have 1 already. You should know first hand how dirty Downie is even though he only played half or so of his last season of junior in Kitchener. He was suspended 7 or 8 times for a total of 22 games I believe.

Like I said earlier, its one thing to play like that against teenagers in the OHL, its quite another to do it against men in the NHL.
Jimmy, 2007-09-28 17:47:02

To those that think the "New" NHL is more in keeping with today's standards - Wake Up. Some things never change. Point I was trying to make is they don't want the type of change thsat other sports go through. There vis still the Conn Smythe mentality about beating them outside the rink and it is still a big part of the mystique that is hockey. Make no mistake about it. Anyone that thinks we will all of a sudden see the light and make nthe sport modern needs to give their head a shake.


Shawn, 2007-09-28 17:40:45

The NHL should boot this punk.....Set an example for the rest of the up and coming NHL'ers that if you pull off that crap...You're gone!
Don, 2007-09-28 17:39:32

OK. whats with all the nonsense of the minor leagues being so vicious.. definately not so. get your facts straight. I've been a minor hockey coach and a kitchener rangers seasons ticket holder for 15 years and know it isn't so. yes Downie played for us and he is tough and likes to finish his checks.. just like he is supposed to. ok so he went at it hard, trying to impress and trying to win a job. BUT what about McAmmond?? what is he doing out there? had a bad concussion in june?? wow.. and his fourth? seems he he deserves a lot of the blame.. prpobably reagrevated old injuries..badly. if he had never had a concussion, it is very possible that nothing would have happened or at the least not serious. Did anyone thing of that? appears not so. So McAmmaond?? take a long hard look at yourself and ask if you are part of the cause for such an injury. THe NHL is a tough league and played by MEN.. tough men. and things happen.
Ronald Osaduke, 2007-09-28 17:21:41

I commented earlier that suspension for the entire season was the proper punishment for this wannabe goon, but I must admit 20 games is much more than I expected from the weaklings who enforce what passes for discipline in today's NHL. On the other hand, I do agree with some commentators that it appears who you are and not so much what you did determines the severity of the punishment. I have no sympathy for Dummie, er, Downie, but if it had been, let's say, Pronger who had been guilty of the hit to Dean McAmmond, I wonder...


Butch F., 2007-09-28 17:14:18

I thought he got off a little light, I would have given him 30-35 games, in the end it will cost Downie a lot of money as the suspension only applies when he is on an NHL roster, someone's going to have to pay him to sit for 20 games, I'm sure he'd like to get this out of the way for a reduced rate, this whole situation is bad for game.
Ed, 2007-09-28 17:06:21

HELLLLOOOOO. Are you people paying attention? The hits in the past mentioned by the last few submissions were bad. Of course they were. But what the hell does that have to do with today? Players have been warned that this will no longer be tolerated, primarily as a result of what happened in the past. What do you want to do? Suspend Stevens, Alfredsson, Lemieux, et al retroactively? Or perhaps do nothing now because the punishment wasn't severe enough back then? What kind of idiotic argument is that?
George O'Leary, 2007-09-28 17:03:40

Question for all here. Many years ago Wendel Clark absolutely filled in a guy by the name of Bruce Bell (St. Louis) and everyone was awe-inspired about what a "Hit" that was. Downie's hit wasn't too different and yet he is brandede a bad ass and they want to run him out of town. I am no fan of either but I just wonder how does the actual juding take place - and what would it have been had Downie done this as a Leaf?
Shawn, 2007-09-28 16:57:50

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