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Steve Downie
Stevedownie lightning2010
Steve Downie with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010.
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
191 lb (87 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Philadelphia Flyers
Born April 3 1987 (1987-04-03) (age 27),
Newmarket, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2005
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 2007 – present


Steve Downie (born April 3, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Downie grew up in Holland Landing, Ontario, the younger son of John and Anne Downie. He has a brother, Greg. He attended Sacred Heart High School in Newmarket, playing hockey for the York-Simcoe Express AAA organization of the OMHA. He also attended St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario in 2004. Downie led his Express Bantam team to the All-Ontario AAA Championship in April of 2002. He was drafted in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2003 OHL Priority Selection.

Downie was selected in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Not long after being drafted, Downie was suspended for five games early in the 2005–06 OHL season for an on-ice altercation with teammate Akim Aliu. During a practice on September 28, 2005, Downie blindly cross-checked Aliu in the face without warning, knocking out 3 of his teeth, and then proceeded to fight his younger teammate.[1] The incident stemmed from 16-year-old Aliu's refusal to take part in a hazing incident, where he would have been forced to stand naked in a cramped bus bathroom with other rookies. The team suspended Downie for five games and Aliu for one, and Downie was told to undergo professional counseling. Head coach Moe Mantha, Jr. was suspended by the OHL and later fired by the team, and the team was fined $35,000 by the OHL.[2] Downie left the team, requesting a trade, and was eventually traded from the Windsor Spitfires, going to the Peterborough Petes in exchange for Peter Aston.

Brent Sutter named Downie to the Canadian World Junior Team for the 2006 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He made a name for himself in Vancouver where he was a contributor to Canada’s gold medal-winning effort, scoring two goals and four assists in six games and being named to the all-tournament team.

On May 30, 2006, the Philadelphia Flyers announced that they had signed Downie to a three-year entry-level contract. “It is unbelievable,” said Downie in a Flyers press release. “[Signing with the Flyers] was one of the goals that I had set at the beginning of the year and I am just very thankful for this chance. I’m a gritty, physical player and I also am an offensive player as well.”

After attending Flyers' training camp in the fall and playing in several pre-season games, the club returned Downie to Peterborough. Downie returned to the international stage yet again in December 2006. He participated at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Leksand and Mora, Sweden. On January 5, 2007, Team Canada won the gold medal for the first time on European ice since 1997, with a 4–2 defeat over Team Russia. Throughout the whole tournament, though, Downie was involved in trade rumors. On January 8, 2007, Downie was traded to Kitchener in exchange for Yves Bastien, the Rangers' second-round picks in the 2007 and 2008 OHL Priority Selections, as well as the 2007 second-round pick of the Brampton Battalion.

NHLEdit

Downie made his National Hockey League debut on December 5, 2007 against the Minnesota Wild. He scored his first NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 5, 2008. During the game, Downie got into a scuffle with Leafs forward Jason Blake. While the linesmen were attempting to keep them apart, Downie got his left arm loose and sucker-punched Blake in the left eye while Blake's arms and hands were still tied up by the other linesman.[3] During a game against the New York Rangers on February 9, 2008, Downie was hip-checked by Rangers defenseman Fedor Tyutin, and his skate hit linesman Pat Dapuzzo in the face. Dapuzzo required 60 stitches and suffered a broken nose, and was forced to retire.

In game three of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 13, 2008, Downie hit Petr Sykora as the play ended on Ryan Malone's goal that gave Pittsburgh a 3-1 lead. Sykora did not have the puck when Downie hit him.[4] On November 7, 2008, Downie was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Steve Eminger for defenceman Matt Carle.

In March of 2010, Downie was fined for a hit on Sidney Crosby. Downie stated that Colin Campbell, league disciplinarian, told him it was a "dangerous play". Downie finished his first full season with 46 points in 79 games. After a successful season he was selected to participate in the 2010 World Championships.[5] On August 25, 2010, Downie re-signed with the Lightning on a 2 year bridge contract with $3.7 million.[6]

SuspensionsEdit

Downie has been suspended for several incidents, in addition to the Aliu incident mentioned above. During a September 25, 2007, preseason game against the Ottawa Senators, Downie was involved in an incident in which he checked unsuspecting left winger Dean McAmmond into the boards, while Downie's feet were off the ice. Due to the extent of McAmmond's injury and having left his skates during the hit, Downie was suspended by the NHL for 20 games three days later for deliberate injury to McAmmond, as the NHL were cracking down on any play resulting in a head injury. To date, it is the fifth longest suspension given by the league. [7][8] One day after the NHL suspension was announced, the Flyers announced they had sent Downie down to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Per AHL by-laws, Downie was considered automatically ineligible to play pending a review by the AHL (as the AHL honors NHL suspensions). AHL President David Andrews suspended Downie for the first month of the 2007-2008 AHL season as a result of the attempt injuries to McAmmond.

On February 28, 2009, Downie, by this point playing for the Norfolk Admirals (the Lightning AHL affiliate), slashed a linesman in the shin following a controversial empty-net goal in a game against the Hershey Bears, receiving a game misconduct for physical abuse of an official. Under AHL rules, this penalty carries an automatic 20-game suspension, which would be Downie's second such lengthy suspension.

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Aurora Tigers OPJHL 34 12 13 25 55
2002–03 York-Simcoe Express Min. Midget OMHA 14 5 13 18 27
2003–04 Windsor Spitfires OHL 49 7 9 16 90 4 0 1 1 27
2004–05 Windsor Spitfires OHL 61 21 52 73 179 11 4 5 9 49
2005–06 Windsor Spitfires OHL 1 3 0 3 4
2005–06 Peterborough Petes OHL 34 16 34 50 109 19 6 15 21 38
2006–07 Peterborough Petes OHL 28 23 36 59 92
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 17 12 21 33 32 9 8 14 22 15
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 21 5 12 17 114
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 6 6 12 73 6 0 1 1 10
2008–09 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 0 0 11
2008–09 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 4 1 7 8 23
2008–09 Norfolk Admirals AHL 23 8 17 25 107
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 23 3 3 6 54
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 79 22 24 46 208
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 57 10 22 32 171 17 2 12 14 40
NHL totals 197 41 55 96 517 23 2 13 15 50

PersonalEdit

  • Downie's father, John Downie, died in a car accident in 1996 while driving Steve to a hockey practice.
  • He is deaf in his right ear due to the hearing disorder otosclerosis and wears a hearing aid. [9]
  • On the road he rooms with linemate and friend Steven Stamkos. [10]

International playEdit

Played for Ontario in:

Played for Canada in:

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
2004 Ontario U-17 6 3 3 6 8
2006 Canada WJC 6 2 4 6 16
2007 Canada WJC 6 1 4 5 16
2010 Canada WC 7 2 0 2 28

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Mike Richards
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Claude Giroux
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