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AHL suspends Downie for first month of season

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers prospect Steve Downie was ruled
ineligible to play in the AHL for the first month of the season
after the NHL suspended him 20 games last week.

Downie was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Friday for leaving
his feet to deliver a deliberate and dangerous hit to the head
Ottawa's Dean McAmmond. His suspension matched the fourth-longest
in league history.

"The American Hockey League has established a strict
disciplinary standard over the last several seasons relative to
deliberate hits to the head," said league president David Andrews.
"We strongly support the National Hockey League's recent
directives on these dangerous hits, and we want to send a clear
message that actions such as Mr. Downie's are unacceptable in our
game."

Downie will be permitted to play in the league as of November 3.
His AHL eligibility does not affect the terms of his NHL
suspension.