Steve Downie Tears ACL

(Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

After seeing Steve Downie leave last night’s game against the Kings in the second period with an apparent knee injury, the worst possible scenario is now a reality. In just the second game of the season, Avalanche left winger Steve Downie tore his ACL and will be out for the remainder of the 2013 season.

Ever since Downie came over from Tampa Bay in a trade last season, he’s had a major impact for this young Avalanche squad. He had 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) in just 20 games for the Avs last season. Not just as a points producer, but Downie has given a huge impact in terms of grit and team energy on the ice.

The Avalanche are most certainly going to miss what Steve Downie brings to the game, and will have a hard time replacing him for the remainder of this season.

They will however, try to do so. The Avalanche announced Wednesday that they have recalled Brad Malone from Lake Erie to take Downie’s roster-spot.

Malone had 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 67 games for Lake Erie during the 2011-2012 season. Malone also played in 9 games for the Avs last season, where he had 2 assists.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is the Founder, Administrator, Editor and Publisher of Lightning Rod Sports. Originally from California, Anthony has been raised in the Rocky Mountains and Denver area for most of his life. Anthony works with the Emmy-winning student-run T.V. newscast at MSU Denver, The Met Report, as the Assistant General Manager, formerly the Sports Producer, as well as Lead Anchor and Production Assistant. He is currently the Play-by-Play Announcer, Color Commentator, and Production Assistant for the Metro State Broadcast Network, and calls games for Metro State soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball as a “Voice of the Roadrunners.” In addition to that work with the Metro State Broadcast Network, Anthony also hosts the monthly 30-minute magazine show called "The Roadrunner Review" which airs on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. He hosts the bi-weekly "KMet Sports Show" on KMET Radio at He is also the Founder, Administrator, Editor, and Columnist for his own Denver Sports website, Anthony is also part of the Social Media team at, and has worked with the Altitude Radio Network for the Avalanche and Nuggets. Anthony is a former Producer for Mile High Sports Radio, as well as a former Sports-Talk show host on the LightningRod Radio Network.

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