AHL suspends Downie 20 games for striking official with stick

Discussion in 'Hockey' started by Turbo, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Turbo

    Turbo Registered Member

    AHL suspends Downie 20 games for striking official with stick

    I saw the video footage of this and it looked somewhat accidental. Even though the punishment is standard according the the rules, i think its a bit harsh for something that didn't look intentional.
     

  2. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I havent seen the video, so I cannot judge if it was accidental or not, but I think Downie a douche. Honestly the guy is a little punk, and he thinks he can whatever he wants on the ice. I really hope that some big guy beats the crap out of him on the ice, so he can learn a small lesson.
     
  3. Turbo

    Turbo Registered Member

    i'm not trying to defend him, but i think 20-games is harsh for something that wasn't intentional. it might be a ruling that needs to be looked over and adjusted.
     
  4. Babe_Ruth

    Babe_Ruth Sultan of Swat Staff Member V.I.P.

    I personally don't think its harsh, but if it was a different player that doesn't have a past like Downie does then I dont believe he would of been suspended for this long. Downie as been a bum in the AHL and the NHL, he's been suspended in both leagues for doing stupid crap like this, so he has a bad reputation which is one of the reasons why his suspension is that long.
     
  5. icegoat63

    icegoat63 Son of Liberty V.I.P. Lifetime

    I see "Downie....." in a news article and I immedietely go to face palm. I mean I agree, the guy is a douche. Hes the kind of guy that paints a very bad image on not only the enforcers and grinders of the games, but hes the kind of guy that is such a douche he paints a bad image for all the NHL.

    Just kinda flusters me that even as much of a pain as he is for such little return that he still keeps a job on the ice.
     
  6. Turbo

    Turbo Registered Member

    here's the thing...the time had nothing to do with his reputation. hitting a ref with a stick, accidental or not, is minimum 20 games. isn't that a bit much for something that could possibly be an accident.
     
  7. icegoat63

    icegoat63 Son of Liberty V.I.P. Lifetime

    oh man I dont know, its obviously not that difficult to keep your sticks away from the officials. So it'd be hard to make a stake that hitting one was an accident.

    Then I also have to add in the human element, I would say that the Officials know how heavy their punishments can be and so they'll in a sense self regulate. I cant think of to many officials off the top of my head who go into the game saying "I cant wait! I'm gonna dish out 60+ minutes of PIMs tonight!". So I'd imagine alot of the human element is going to come into play when they decide whether the stick contact was accidental or on purpose. Also I'm sure they put weight on who it is that commited the contact. If they get bumped by Martin St. Louis, they'll probably just ignore it, but if its Scott Parker.... they'd nail him to the cross.
     
  8. Turbo

    Turbo Registered Member

    i totally agree with you icegoat. this is a rare incident for sure. and overall its in the eyes of each official, though i still say 20-games is nuts especially when intentional head shots get either a slap on the wrist or minimum game suspension.
     

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