The son of former Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi played his first professional game in Toronto and made an immediate impact.
Max Domi’s rookie NHL season with the Arizona Coyotes is off to a fantastic start, and on Monday night he kept the good times rolling with a nice personal moment for himself and his family.
Just over six minutes into his first professional game in Toronto, Domi scored a goal on the very ice his dad, Tie, used to patrol for the Maple Leafs. Domi opened the scoring on a power play and the excitement was evident on his face, and Tie’s.
Earlier in the day Domi told Sportsnet it was “pretty awesome” to be back in Toronto for an NHL game, and obviously aware of the moment, his teammates pranked him by having him do a few laps during warmup by himself.
“It’s been really fun to watch him, and as a family we’re really proud of him,” Tie said in a mid-game interview, before going into hockey-dad mode and talking about the goal itself. “He can shoot, believe it or not, he just doesn’t shoot enough.”
Domi grew up in Toronto while Tie was playing the final 11 years of his NHL career with the Maple Leafs. Tie Domi scored 196 points in 777 games with the Maple Leafs before retiring in 2006. Max, the 12th overall draft pick in 2013, now has 10 points in his first nine NHL games.