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
Trust me,soon guys will be scared to hit for fear of a suspension or worse,then everything will go down hill.
P.S. If McAmmond wasn't admiring his pass,this would be no big deal as he woould've been prepared to take a hit.
Jeff, 2007-09-27 18:03:52
What if it was Crosby that got leveled? Not a good thing for hockey IMO.
Dave, 2007-09-27 13:54:44
For the sake of the debate lets say he did clearly jump. Ok fine, 2min penalty for charging, just like any other person have gotten in the past or should get in the future. Attempt to injure is a wrong call to make really, unless it was a blatant elbow or stick used to hurt someone. A hard check should not be deemed as an attempt to injure, its part of the game.
Because the NHL isnt really sure on where to stand, here we are debating our personal opinions on the matter. The NHL needs to wake up and make a final stance on this, if not then we're info a long season.
CHACHI, 2007-09-27 13:23:58
As much as I would like to see Downie "Get what's coming to him", it still does not solve anything, and will only result in likely more players getting injured.
Intentional blows to the head should be immediate ban from the league. Simple as that. Let the skilled players continue to play.
The best way to show the NHLPA that the league means business is to ban downie from the league. That way it will make the rest of the players think twice about head hunting.
Kick him out!
Dallas, 2007-09-27 13:22:29