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04-26-2012, 06:13 PM
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Steve Downie is probably one of the biggest rats, if not the biggest rat currently playing in the NHL.

He's been a problem child since junior, and continues his stupidity to this day (to a lesser extent).

Downie jumped Guelph captain Mike Mclean in junior because Mclean refused to fight during a blowout win for Guelph (suspension unknown):

Downie gets suspended by team for 5 games due to this incident:

The complete story is basically that Downie cross checked Akim Aliu in the face (knocking 3 teeth out) and then proceeding to fight him. The reason for this is because Aliu refused to be "hazed" by Downie, as Downie demanded that Aliu stand naked in a bus bathroom with other rookies. Downie was the told to go through professional councelling.

Instead of making an apologie, Downie then requests a trade from Windsor.

Downie Gets A Well Deserved 20 Game Suspension for hit on McAmmond:

Downie gets another 20 Game Suspension for slash on Ref:

The kid is 24 and is one of the least respected players around the NHL, and IS one of those "rats" Burke constantly talks about.

Just because Downie was "offered" according to Cox doesn't mean Burke should have taken it due to the fact that Downie is effective on the ice, but counter productive off of the ice.

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