Max Domi might go right from one confrontation with a foe with a famous hockey name, to another, to another, from the sounds of it.
The Ontario Hockey League is probably hopeful people would keep an eye peeled for how the marquee performer, a Phoenix Coyotes first-rounder, is racking up goals and assists for the London Knights. Instead, it's probably on squeezing the stuffing of a stress ball. Domi has yet to make it through a game without getting a significant penalty, and the Knights' docket includes a Thanksgiving Monday matinee vs. the Kitchener Rangers, whom their star cheesed off with a slightly over-the-top celly last spring after London scored an empty-net goal that pushed its rival closer to the post-season trap door.
Kitchener's Max Iafrate isn't obsessing over it. Nor is he wishing he could take that moment back.
From Josh Brown:
"I don't regret it all," said Iafrate. "(Former coach Steve) Spott was mad at me but I don't regret it. I'd do the same thing again."
"It was just heat of the moment and that happens," he said. "Domi is a great player. Who knows, I might have done the same thing in that situation." (Waterloo Record)
Domi will probably settle down and play hockey in due course. The 18-year-old son of Tie Domi has only played in two games thus far for London. He was tossed from his season debut after forearming Guelph's Brock McGinn in the head on Sept. 29. That baffling behaviour led to a four-game suspension. Friday, Domi got into with another NHL draft pick who's the youngest of three hockey-playing brothers, getting a double minor and misconduct for a run-in with Belleville's Jordan Subban.
From Ryan Pyette:
Everyone was pretty bewildered about Domi’s massive aggression. In his first game back from a four-game suspension, he nearly fought old friend Jordan Subban, then received a roughing double minor and 10-minute misconduct for going after Bulls defender Adam Bignell.
“He (Subban) is like my best buddy and we were just joking around,” Domi said with a grin. “He was pretty heated there and we just kind of grabbed each other and had some fun.
“Ever since we were little kids, we’ve been doing that.”
Subban chirped at Domi between the penalty box glass. He was willing to be the Knights star’s first OHL fight.
“He gets under my skin sometimes,” Subban said. “I thought he wanted to fight so I dropped my gloves. I guess he didn’t want to, so whatever. We’ll laugh about it, I’m sure.” (London Free Press)
The question is whether the OHL, Knights, Bulls, and Domi and Subban's NHL organizations, Phoenix and the Vancouver Canucks, are laughing.
In any event, it's not like a London-Kitchener tilt on Turkey Day needs any extra trimmings. (I'm so, so sorry-not sorry for that pun.)
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