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Don Cherry: Steve Downie should have been suspended 30 games for "cheap shot" @NHL

Don Cherry thinks Steve Downie got off easy.

The outspoken commentator said Downie should have been suspended 30 games for his pre-season hit on Dean McAmmond during Saturday night's segment of Coach's Corner on CBC's Hockey Night In Canada.

Cherry called the hit by the Philadelphia Flyers forward on the Senators defenceman a "cheap shot" and added that players shouldn't hit like that in the pre-season.

"That was a cheap shot. He deserved to get the 20 games. In fact, I would have given another 10 games for hitting in an exhibition game," Cherry said. "You don't hit like that in exhibition games."

Downie was handed a 20-game suspension by the NHL on Sept. 28 for leaving his feet to deliver a deliberate and dangerous hit to the head of McAmmond. His suspension matched the fourth-longest in league history.

A day later, the Flyers demoted Downie to its American Hockey League affiliate in Philadelphia.

"That's too bad," Cherry said. "The kid's not a bad kid, he could be effective but he's a marked man now."

On Tuesday, the AHL ruled Downie ineligible to play in the league for the first month of the season. His AHL eligibility does not affect the terms of his NHL suspension.

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