Tie Domi

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Tie Domi
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Domi in 2014
Born (1969-11-01) November 1, 1969 (age 53)
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 213 lb (97 kg; 15 st 3 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Winnipeg Jets
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1988
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 19842006
Website www.tiedomi.com

Tahir "Tie" Domi (born November 1, 1969) is a Canadian-Albanian former professional ice hockey player. Known as an enforcer, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets over a 16-year NHL career. He is the Maple Leafs' all-time leader in penalty minutes in franchise history and is third overall in penalty minutes in NHL history. He is also the player with most fighting majors in NHL history, with 333. [1]


Playing career

Minor and junior

Domi was born in Windsor, Ontario, to Albanian parents, [2] [3] and grew up in nearby Belle River (now part of Lakeshore). [4] As a child, he played minor hockey for the local Belle River Rink Rats of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. When he was 15, Domi played for the Belle River Canadiens of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League, later moving up a level the following year to play with the Windsor Bulldogs of the Western Junior B Hockey League. [4]

At the 1986 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection, he was drafted in the seventh round (102nd overall) by the Peterborough Petes. [5] Domi began his major junior career in 1986–87, spending his first year as a part-time player with the Petes, while also appearing with the nearby Peterborough Roadrunners in the Metro Junior A Hockey League. [4] In his first full season with the Petes in 1987–88, he recorded an OHL career-high 22 goals and 43 points over 60 games, to go along with 292 penalty minutes, earning a reputation as an enforcer. [4] [3]

During the off-season, he was selected in the second round (27th overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. [6] Upon his selection, Domi returned to the Petes for one more season of junior, recording 14 goals and 30 points over 43 games. [4]

Early professional career

Domi turned professional in 1989–90 with Toronto's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Newmarket Saints, recording 14 goals and 25 points over 57 games, along with 285 penalty minutes. [7] He also made his NHL debut that season, appearing in two games with the Leafs in which he accumulated 42 penalty minutes. [8] In the off-season, he was traded to the New York Rangers. [9] He split the subsequent year between New York and their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Rangers. [10] During his 28 games with New York in 1990–91, he scored his first NHL goal on March 23, 1991, against the Philadelphia Flyers. [11] After playing a full NHL campaign with the Rangers in 1991–92, Domi was traded early the following season to the Winnipeg Jets. [12]

Toronto Maple Leafs

In 1995, Domi was traded back to the Toronto Maple Leafs. [13] That year, he famously knocked New York Rangers defenceman Ulf Samuelsson unconscious with a sucker punch to the face. Domi was suspended 8 games and heavily fined for the incident, described by some as one of the cheapest shots in NHL history. [14] Domi insisted that Samuelsson provoked the punch by repeatedly calling him "dummy". [15] In the 1997–98 season, Domi set a Leafs single-season record with 365 penalty minutes, passing a mark set by Tiger Williams in 1977–78. [16]

During the 2000–01 season, Domi was involved in an incident with a fan during an away game on March 29, 2001, against the Philadelphia Flyers. [17] Sitting in the penalty box, Domi used his water bottle to spray water at a heckler, prompting another Flyers fan, Christopher Falcone, to begin yelling at him and climbing up the glass. [17] The glass panel gave way, and Falcone fell into the penalty box and Domi then grabbed Falcone and punched him several times. [17] After the game in an interview, Domi said to the media, "It's nice to see the fans get involved, I guess." [18] Domi was fined $1000, the maximum allowable at the time by the NHLPA's collective bargaining agreement, but received no suspension. [19]

On May 3, 2001, in the closing seconds of Game 4 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semi-finals, well away from the play, Domi threw an elbow at the head of New Jersey Devils defenceman Scott Niedermayer, knocking him unconscious. [20] Domi was assessed a game misconduct and the following day, was suspended by the league for the remainder of the playoffs, with the condition that if Toronto did not advance to the following round, then Domi was to sit out the first 8 games of the 2001-02 NHL season. [21] Toronto was eliminated by New Jersey in Game 7, and Domi's suspension subsequently carried over into the following season. [22]

On June 30, 2002, ahead of his unrestricted free agency, Domi's rights were traded to the Nashville Predators by Toronto for Nashville's 8th round choice (Shaun Landolt) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. [23] Nashville was unable to sign him, with Domi later re-signing with Toronto as a free agent on July 13, 2002. [24] He had his best season in the 2003-04 NHL season, when he set career highs of 15 goals and 29 points. [25]

In what turned out to be his final season of 2005–06, Domi scored his 100th NHL goal. [26] Also, Domi played his 1,000th career NHL game, on March 3, 2006, against the Buffalo Sabres. [27] Seven days later, on March 10, 2006, Domi was a healthy scratch for the Maple Leafs' game versus the New York Islanders, which was the first time since the 1999 playoffs that he had been made a healthy scratch by coach Pat Quinn. [28] Domi stated publicly that he was not happy with being benched, a fact that was underlined by his staying in his hotel room, not arriving at the game until after the second period and was widely regarded as a contributing factor in the decision to buy out his contract.[ citation needed ]

On June 30, 2006, the Maple Leafs opted to buy out the final year of Domi's contract. [29] He became a free agent on July 1, 2006. [30] Without a contract several months later, Domi announced his retirement on September 19. [31]

Domi is the all-time NHL leader in fights with 333. [32]

Off the ice

Media and entertainment

During his NHL career, Domi also appeared in three films, playing a role in the 1999 independent film Men of Means, while also making a cameo appearance in the hockey-themed drama Mystery, Alaska . In 2007 Domi played himself in a season 2 episode of Canadian sitcom Rent-a-Goalie titled "Domi Daze".

Following his retirement, Domi accepted a position in broadcasting with The Sports Network (TSN), [33] a stint that lasted less than a month.

In October 2009, Domi began competing as a pairs figure skater on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reality show Battle of the Blades with Christine Hough. [34]

Domi is currently a spokesperson for Comwave, a telecommunications company. [35]

Soccer and Canadian football

Domi has also been involved in soccer and Canadian football at the professional and semi-professional levels. He was scouted by the University of Michigan for both sports while in high school. [36] He played a full season for Kosovo of the Canadian International Soccer League during the summer of 1995, and appeared in two pre-season exhibition games as a placekicker for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. [36]


Domi has three children from his marriage to his ex-wife, Leanne: daughters Carlin and Avery Rose, and son Max, who is a current NHL player. [37] Domi's 13-year marriage ended in divorce in 2006. [37] In 2017, he married Heather McDonough, and the couple live in New York City. [38]


During the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, an international under-18 competition Max was participating in, Domi allegedly stole a video camera belonging to a Swedish coach, who was recording the Canadian team's practice – a legal practice. Domi took the unmanned camera before later returning it without the battery. [39]

Career statistics

Bold indicates led league

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1984–85 Belle River Canadiens GLJHL 28751298
1985–86 Windsor Royals WOHL 4281725346
1986–87 Peterborough Roadrunners MetJHL 200010
1986–87 Peterborough Petes OHL 18112791000020
1987–88 Peterborough PetesOHL6022214329212391224
1988–89 Peterborough PetesOHL43141630175171091970
1988–89 Peterborough Petes MC 520226
1989–90 Newmarket Saints AHL 57141125285
1989–90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 200042
1990–91 Binghamton Rangers AHL2511617219732516
1990–91 New York Rangers NHL28101185
1991–92 New York RangersNHL42246246611232
1992–93 New York RangersNHL1220295
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL4931013249610123
1993–94 Winnipeg JetsNHL8181119347
1994–95 Winnipeg JetsNHL31448128
1994–95Toronto Maple LeafsNHL90113171010
1995–96 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL72761329760224
1996–97 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL80111728275
1997–98 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8041014365
1998–99 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL72814221981402224
1999–2000 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7059141981201120
2000–01 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL8213720214801120
2001–02 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL74910191571913461
2002–03 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL79151429171710113
2003–04 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL80713202081322441
2005–06 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL7751116109
NHL totals1,0201041412453,5159871219238

See also


  1. Thompson, Darrelle (July 11, 2019). "This Player Has the Most Fighting Majors in NHL History". Sportscasting.
  2. Eisenband, Jeff (November 25, 2015). "Tie Domi Fights For The Little Guy". The Post Game.
  3. 1 2 "Leafs tough guy Tie Domi set to play 1000th career NHL game". National Post . March 3, 2006. Archived from the original on September 5, 2015.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Alumni Details - Tie Domi". Belle River District Minor Hockey Association.
  5. Kloke, Joshua (July 25, 2020). "Punches and pranks: Untold tales of Tie Domi". The Athletic .
  6. Hornby, Lance (June 30, 2013). "Recalling Tie Domi's draft day". Toronto Sun .
  7. Mooney, Howie (April 5, 2021). "Welcome to Tie Domi's "Pros vs Joes" Hockey Fight Night in Philly!". Fired Up.
  8. Waddell, Dave (October 3, 2012). "Domi to join pantheon of top local athletes". Windsor Star .
  9. Long, Anthony (September 28, 2014). "Fulltilt Legends: Tough Guy, Tie Domi". Forever Blueshirts.
  10. LaPointe, Joe (January 27, 1991). "Pro Hockey: Domi Gives Rangers Punch". The New York Times .
  11. Domi, Tie (2015). Shift Work. Simon & Schuster. ISBN   9781476782522.
  12. Bondy, Filip (December 29, 1992). "The Pugnacious Domi Is Sent To the Ice Box: Winnipeg". The New York Times .
  13. "Leafs Obtain Jennings, Domi". Tulsa World . April 8, 1995.
  14. Nugent-Bowman, Daniel (March 5, 2010). "The NHL's cheapest shots - Tie Domi on Ulf Samuelsson". Fox Sports . Archived from the original on March 31, 2014.
  15. Domi, Tie (February 16, 2011). "Dreger: Sucker-Punch Considered Among the Most Dangerous". Tie Domi Official Website.
  16. "Tie Domi Announces Retirement". Toronto Maple Leafs . September 19, 2006.
  17. 1 2 3 Porter, Andrew (November 20, 2015). "Tie Domi Talks With The Flyers Fan He Fought In 2001". CBS 3 Philadelphia .
  18. Sharpe, Graham (2013). Fan-tastic Sporting Stories: 300 True Tales of Fans Who Stole the Limelight. Biteback Publishing. p. 64. ISBN   9781849546799 . Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  19. Shoalts, David (March 21, 2001). "Domi fined $1,000 for squirt". The Globe and Mail .
  20. "Domi elbow knocks out Niedermayer". CBC Sports . May 4, 2001.
  21. "Domi suspended for playoffs". CBC . May 7, 2001.
  22. "10 Moments from 10 years at the ACC". National Post . February 19, 2009.
  23. "Domi traded to Nashville". National Hockey League . July 1, 2002.
  24. Kerr, Grant (July 13, 2002). "'Tie is our guy,' Domi returns to Leafs". The Globe & Mail .
  25. Burnside, Scott (January 18, 2004). "Domi a demigod among young fighters". ESPN .
  26. "This Day in Hockey History". The Score . September 19, 2014.
  27. Graham, Tim (March 3, 2006). "Sabres, Leafs to get 'friendly' with five games down stretch - Intensity increases as rivals battle for postseason berths". The Buffalo News .
  28. "Domi upset about benching". ESPN . March 11, 2006.
  29. "Maple Leafs buy out Domi, drop Belfour". TSN. June 30, 2006. Archived from the original on May 9, 2007.
  30. "Maple Leafs cut Belfour, Domi". CBC Sports . June 30, 2006.
  31. "Tie Domi retires from NHL". CBC.ca CBC. September 19, 2006.
  32. Beneteau, Josh (April 20, 2018). "Tie Domi details time he beat up chicken mascot after game". Sportsnet .
  33. Helwig, David (September 19, 2006). "Tie Domi joins TSN". Soo Today.
  34. MacDonald, Gayle (October 2, 2009). "Battle of the Blades: faceoff on figure skates". The Globe & Mail .
  35. "Comwave and Tie Domi Stand Up to the Big Guys". Comwave. April 8, 2013.
  36. 1 2 "Faqs". Tie Domi Official Website.
  37. 1 2 "Tie Domi Speaks Out and Accepts Blame for Failed Marriage". The Hockey News . September 28, 2006.
  38. "Tie Domi". Windsor Public Library .
  39. "NHL notes: Domi making enemies". Toronto Sun . August 21, 2012.

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