Chances are, all Max Domi did was create a little more separation between those who love his skill and will to win and those who might resent him as the son of infamous former Toronto Maple Leafs agitator Tie Domi.
On Friday, the London Knights star might have breached the unwritten rules of hockey etiquette by doing a fist pump while practically in the face of Kitchener Rangers defender Max Iafrate after scoring the empty-netter that wrapped up a 4-1 win (and a series victory by the same margin). That caused Iafrate to punch Domi in retaliation and set off a sizable Twitter storm, although not nearly as big as the one over Toronto Blue Jays leadoff hitter Jose Reyes' ankle injury.
The over-the-top 'celly' is more acceptable in junior hockey than in the NHL. Sportsnet commenter Sam Cosentino chided Domi for not exercising more restraint and perhaps celebrating while being so close to opponent, which is the key difference between the everyday banging the glass or sweeping the ice exultation you often see from juniors. Domi and Iafrate had some run-ins earlier in the series.Read More »from London Knights Max Domi celebration after empty-netter in elimination game sparks controversy (VIDEO)