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Guest Captain Koivu#11

I wouldn't be surprised if Downey did have a concusion. When he was trying to get up, he was on all fours, and he lifted his head and looked dazed and confused.

Thats bad luck for him. He plays, what was it like 11 seconds, and get knocked out cold. I hope he recovers soon.

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NHL.com is reporting that Aaron Downey is hospitalized with a severe con cussion. I hope they're wrong.

canadiens.com also reports that it's a severe concussion.

It could potentionally be a career ender for Downey. :D

I just hope he recovers well from it and doesn't try to come back too soon.

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The hit might have been clean but he wasn't in possesion of the puck as he already dumped it in. It was a cheap shot, even with the clean hit.

I've seen this a few times but not to this magnitude where the rule of interference doesn't apply when a player dumps the puck and the defensemen plays the body. I saw this on Sunday against Ottawa several times and I'm confused by it because I remember Dandy getting a penalty on the first game of the season for the same exact thing I'm seeing other defenders do without a penalty. Yet again, the level of officiating is frustrating, to say the least.

Maybe Downey though since he didn't have possesion of the puck he wouldn't have been blindsided like that if he thought it were to cost them a penalty? Who knows.

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I hope downey is OK , you never want to see any player get hit like that

Unfortunately it was clean hit

He had his head down , just released the puck, looked up and got nailed

It was to the head which I really think the NHL should look at hits to the head but it was clean

See Scott Stevens on Lindros, Paul Kariya ...all the same

As per www.tsn.ca , sounds like it's really bad

Canadian Press

10/17/2006 8:47:57 PM

MONTREAL (CP) - Montreal Canadiens winger Aaron Downey was in hospital Tuesday night with a severe concussion after taking an open ice hit from Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr.

''He'll stay overnight (at Montreal General Hospital) and we'll see how he feels,'' said head coach Guy Carbonneau. ''It's a pretty bad concussion.''

Downey crossed the red line with his head down and was dropped by a thundering shoulder check from Regehr 3:38 into the Canadiens 5-4 victory at the Bell Centre.

He lay motionless on the ice for a minute, but later was able to get up and looked wobbly as he was helped off the ice.

''I wanted to try to make a good clean hit on him,'' said Regehr, who was not penalized. ''He was trying to get the red line to make a dump-in and I saw my opportunity to close in on him.

''I just put the shoulder to him. I hit him right on the button. I hope he's not hurt seriously. For me, in my position, I'm supposed to be physical. I'm pretty sure it was clean.''

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I don't like the sound of this.

He played well (even better then Murray) so far this short season. HE HAS TO BE OK.

Mr Potato man is AWESOME.

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That hit was seconds late. He had plenty of time to pull up. IMO it was a cheap shot!!!!!! The NHL should fine & suspend him. Send a message.
I definitely agree... any time a player sees another player in such a vulnerable position where he can't protect himself... according to the rulebook, the onus is on the player hitting to avoid the contact. It was a cheap shot and there was nothing clean about it even though the contact was made with the shoulder. Fans, media and the league need to review the rules to protect the players from themselves. Mr. Walken, Mr. Bettman do your jobs and fix the game the way it was meant to be according to your own rulebook. NO PENALTY... GEEZ what do we have a rulebook for.

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Unfortunately in the NHL that was a clean hit  

It wasn't pretty but it was legal

You're also forgetting the big discussion when Latendresse got kicked out of a pre-season game

Hab fans thought it was legal

Now the tables have turned as a HAB player took a viscious but clean check

The tables have not turned regis. Our player was given a penalty and game mis conduct for a similiar hit yet regier gets nothing???

If the tables were turned fairly regier would have gotten teh same as latandresse. If you wish to always defend the opposition that is your choice of course. . .

For me there was intent as was with latendresse, not to make a clean hit but to injure or send a message. That is not needed in the game. A penalty shoudl always be called.

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Clean hit.....I agree. A bit late though. No need for this. The league should send out a message saying that this is wrong, wether or not they disipline Rheger(sp?). Players do not need to lay each other out even if it is a "clean" hit. Change who it happened to and people might be talking different.

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First off lets hope Downey is alright and will be back soon...but come on folks this is hockey there are supposed to be big hits...if the players dont want to risk something like this happening to them they wouldnt be playing...If the NHL is to do anything it shouldnt be to stop big hits but to make every one wear a full mask that will help with some of these hits to the heads...i havent seen the hit yet but from what ive heard it was pretty clean this is just part of the game and what makes it so exciting

again get well soon

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Here are the rules that could have been enforced and weren't:

Rule 43 Attempt to Injure

A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts or who deliberately injures an opponent and the circumstances shall be reported to the Commissioner for further action. A substitute for the penalized player shall be permitted at the end of the fifth minute. A match penalty can be assessed for the following infractions: attempt to injure in any manner* (Rule 43) (* = match penalty must be assessed when injury results).

Rule 44 Boarding

A minor or major penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the boards, shall be imposed on any player who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards. (NOTE) Any unnecessary contact with a player playing the puck on an obvious "icing" or "off-side" play which results in that player being knocked into the boards is "boarding" and must be penalized as such. In other instances where there is no contact with the boards, it should be treated as "charging".

Rule 47 Charging

Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A "Charge" may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice. A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner. When a major penalty is imposed under this Rule for a foul resulting in an injury to the face or head of an opponent, a game misconduct shall be imposed, and an automatic fine of one hundred dollars ($100). A minor, major or a major and a game misconduct shall be imposed on a player who charges a goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is within his goal crease.

Rule 67 Interference

A strict standard of interference must be adhered to in all areas of the rink, with emphasis on interference in the Neutral Zone.

(There is too much to put here but this is what should have been taken into consideration)

(NOTE 2) Possession of the Puck:

The last player to touch the puck, other than the goalkeeper, shall be considered the player in possession. The player deemed in possession of the puck may be checked legally, provided the check is rendered immediately following his loss of possession.

IMHO - The term immediately cannot mean anything but the direct moment after the puck leaves the player's stick. Not seconds later!

bw6

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First off lets hope Downey is alright and will be back soon...but come on folks this is hockey there are supposed to be big hits...if the players dont want to risk something like this happening to them they wouldnt be playing...If the NHL is to do anything it shouldnt be to stop big hits but to make every one wear a full mask that will help with some of these hits to the heads...i havent seen the hit yet but from what ive heard it was pretty clean this is just part of the game and what makes it so exciting

again get well soon

I am a fan of the big hits...but not ones like that even if it was clean.

And i wouldnt be cool with it if it was an oiler making that hit on a flamer even. Those ones arent fun to watch.

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I just hope he's all right. Even if he's not the most skilled player, he's the guy you know is really happy just to be there.  

Get well soon, potato man. :D

When a persons health is at stake, I certainly do not worry about his average hockey skills. Not only is his career at stake, but the quality of his life. Brain injuries (concussions) can have life long affects.

We far too often see only the player & not men that have wives, kids and people that love them regardless of hockey skill. (sorry for the rant)

Get will Aaron.

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When a persons health is at stake, I certainly do not worry about his average hockey skills. Not only is his career at stake, but the quality of his life. Brain injuries (concussions) can have life long affects.  

We far too often see only the player & not men that have wives, kids and people that love them regardless of hockey skill. (sorry for the rant)

Get will Aaron.

I never said his health wasn't important, I just said one of the reasons that I like him (he gives it his all) and he will be missed.

Clearly his health comes before coming back to play. I wasn't knocking on him for his hockey skills. :?

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I never said his health wasn't important, I just said one of the reasons that I like him (he gives it his all) and he will be missed.

Clearly his health comes before coming back to play.  I wasn't knocking on him for his hockey skills. :?

Then my apologies, I didn't get that from your post. It's all good.

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In a way im kind of happy this happened

now Latendresses hit on Dimaio does looks like a cheap shot afterall now doesnt it?

Unlogical hab fans are hilarious, Latendresse "supposedly" lifts an elbow on dimaio and gets thrown out of the game, and the hab fans scream outrage

Regehr legaly hits Downey, with his shoulder,2 second rule in play, no penalty, and the hab fans scream outrage

it goes back to my point of, just because we hate the leafs, doesnt MEAN that they suck, altho i do want them to do bad lol, but some people have this mindset entirely out of whack

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