Friday, September 28, 2007

Flyers' Downie suspended 20 games

Philadelphia Flyers rookie Steve Downie was suspended 20 games by the NHL for his hit on Ottawa's Dean McAmmond on Friday. The hit resulted in a concussion for McAmmond and knocked him out of action indefinitely.

The incident occurred at 2:39 of the second period when Downie hit McAmmond behind the net. Downie was assessed a match penalty on the play under Rule 21 for deliberate injury of an opponent and was automatically suspended.

Downie will miss the first 20 regular season and/or playoff games when he reaches the Flyers' 23-man roster.

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