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Position Right wing
Shoots Right
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team (P)
Cur. Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Philadelphia Flyers
Nationality Canada
Born April 3 1987 (1987-04-03) (age 22),
Newmarket, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2005
Philadelphia Flyers
Pro Career 2007 – present

Steve Downie (born April 3, 1987, in Newmarket, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He plays right wing for the Norfolk Admirals in the American Hockey League.


Playing career

Downie was selected in the first round, 29th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Downie was suspended for five games early in the 2005–06 OHL season for on-ice altercations with a teammate during practice. Downie blindly cross-checked and then fought teammate Akim Aliu during practice on September 28, knocking out three of Aliu's teeth. The incident stemmed from 16-year-old Aliu's refusal to take part in a hazing incident, which involved rookies being forced to stand naked in a cramped bus bathroom. The team suspended Downie for five games and Aliu for one, and Downie was told to undergo professional counseling. Head coach Moe Mantha was suspended by the OHL and later fired by the team, and the team was fined $35,000 by the OHL. Downie left the team and requested 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. He was speculated to be traded to the Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Saginaw Spirit, Windsor Spitfires, or Sudbury Wolves, and 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.

On November 7, 2008, Downie was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Steve Eminger for defenceman Matt Carle.



During a September 25, 2007, preseason game against the Ottawa Senators, Downie was involved in an incident in which he checked left winger Dean McAmmond. Downie hit an unsuspecting McAmmond, catching him with his head down. Due the extent of McAmmond's injury and that he had left his skates in the hit, Downie was suspended by the NHL, as they were cracking down on any play resulting in a head injury.

On September 28, 2007, Downie was suspended by the League for 20 games. To date, it is the fifth longest suspension given by the league.

On September 29, 2007, the Philadelphia 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. AHL President David Andrews ruled that Downie was ineligible to play in the AHL for one month from the start of the 2007–08 season.

On March 1, 2009, Downie was suspended indefinitely by the AHL, pending league review, for the physical abuse of an official in a game the previous day. On March 5, 2009, the AHL suspended Downie for 20 games.


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.


Career statistics

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
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
NHL totals 61 9 9 18 138 6 0 1 1 10


  • Downie's father died in a car accident when Downie was only seven years old while driving to a hockey practice.
  • He is deaf in his right ear due to the hearing disorder otosclerosis and wears a hearing aid.

International play

Played for Ontario in:

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

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

External links

  • Steve Downie's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Steve Downie's biography at Legends of Hockey
  • Steve Downie at
  • Spits Rookie Steve Downie named to Ont. Under-17 - 11/20/03
  • Petes gets stronger with Downie's arrival - 11/12/05
  • Rangers Land Downie From Petes - 01/08/06
Preceded by
Mike Richards
Philadelphia Flyers' first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Claude Giroux
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