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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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The league better deal with this effectively or this is going to get worse. Some Senators have openly mentionned they'll take Downie "Out" at the next game. The league should suspend Downie for 1/4 of the season. The pocketbook is the only way to get to these guys. Also, any retaliation will be met with the same severe suspension.
Mark S., 2007-09-28 11:45:08

It doesn't matter if he was admiring his pass for 0.05 of a second. The hit was intentionally to his head. This is premeditated assault.

These debates get so tribal it's ridiculous. I don't care who you cheer for, no human being should have to fear grossly violent, intentional assault.

Hockey players consent to a certain risk, but they certainly shouldn't be made to consent to being sacrificial lambs for our own entertainment purposes.
jackson, 2007-09-28 11:31:27

Put an end to it before someone gets 'ended'. A minimum of 30 games.
watusi, 2007-09-28 10:40:22

Downie should be suspended for ten games or given a $50,000.00 fine.Let him decide what penalty he'll take.
brad, 2007-09-28 10:14:20

Downie did this crap playing in the OHL against boys, this isnt the OHL anymore and he is playing against men now. He wont get away with his dirty hits in the NHL without him paying for it.

I like hard hitting physical hockey as much as anyone else, but he crossed the line and could have ended McAmmonds career with that head hunting hit.
Scott, 2007-09-28 09:42:59

I agree, the Hypocrites run the asylum.Why is Pronger, Stevens and Bertuzzi still in the game? because there "stars" There is no way Bertuzzi's name should even exist in the nhl. Remember him lambasting and shooting off about the stick to the head that McSorely delivered. Of course the media frenzy over the incident is worse than pre-schoolers fighting over a piece of candy. 5 games tops? I doubt the League thugs now have a rookie scapegoat that they can make an "example" of to deter (snicker) those kind of hits. What to do? 2 things

Get rid of the armoured elbow pads and shoulder pads. there is no need for that garbage. And 2 bring back the Dave Semenkos. Ever since the instigator rule the little pukes trying to make a name for themselves (both young and old), are allowed to run amok.
gary, 2007-09-28 09:36:32

If Downie should never play another NHL game, then Bertuzzi shouldn't either. Being a rookie or not should have nothing to do with this whole issue. The rules do not preclude veterans from following them. Those of you saying "let Downie start against the Sens" and "Moore got what was coming to him" are way off base and embarrassing to hockey fans everywhere. What Steve Moore did to that wuss Naslund is no different from what Scott Stevens built a supposedly great career doing (and what players like Neil do every game), what Bertuzzi did was criminal and he should have been out of the league. It does not matter who pulls the stunts, they should all be penalized the same, and all the NHL veterans who are jumping on the bandwagon are showing their true colours, and they aren't pretty. Those of you who agree with this bullying, I hope I don't hear you whining when you're the target because someone with more experience and makes more money threatens you, because it will happen. And yes, Dave, I have been to minor league games within the past 10 years, yeah, they're disgustingly violent and the incompetents in the CHL won't deal with it, not sure of your point there. But severely disagreeing with your assessment that Scott Steven's veteran status made it OK for him to break the rules. Just because the incompetents at NHL head office and the NHLPA condone this kind of discrimination doesn't make it right. Is it now OK if a veteran kills a rookie on the ice, but not if a rookie kills a veteran - especially if the perpetrating veteran is an all-star?
chris, 2007-09-28 09:32:28

He should be gone for a long, long time!!! It was a blatant intent to injure...he left the ice with his elbow(arm) right at Dean McHammond's head....he is a dirty dirty hockey player and should never play a game in the NHL. He obviously has no control over his anger, get'em outta here.
Heather, 2007-09-28 07:43:24

As I saidearlier in the other topic, he should get the same punishment as Chris Neil got for his headhunting hit on Drury. If Downie gets more that's just the proof of the leagues inconsistency.
Peter, 2007-09-28 07:40:40

make him start against Ottawa when they meet again...plain and simple! Little moron will never think he is a tough guy again
dave, 2007-09-28 06:55:01

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