Downie played junior hockey for the Regina Falcons in 1925-26 then moved to the west coast to play for the senior Vancouver Monarchs. He turned pro with the Victoria Cubs in 1928 and played for the Portland Buckaroos for three seasons.
In 1936 Downie again moved west. Except for 9 games with the Philadelphia Ramblers in 1941-42, he spent the rest of his career with minor pro and senior teams in Seattle and Portland, Oregon. He retired in 1945.