SASKATOON, Sask. — The next person to say Max Domi does not play like his father, celebrated former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, will get two minutes for being trite.
The younger Domi is a point-producing playmaker who is listed at 5-foot-10, but he can't be easily classified as a finesse player. That came across loud and clear in the third period on Friday at the MasterCard Memorial Cup, when Domi lined up Saskatoon Blades forward Shane McColgan and dropped him with a solid shoulder-to-sternum bodycheck.
"There was no real momentum for either team at that point in the game," Domi said following the Knights' 3-2 victory over the Blades. "Whatever it takes, a hit, a scoring chance, a big save. I was in the right place at the right time and was able to get the boys going."
Coincidentally, Tie Domi played for the Peterborough Petes in the 1989 Memorial Cup that was also held in Saskatoon. Domi was in his final season of junior that year; the Petes came up short when their star centre, Mike Ricci, contracted chicken pox during the tournament. The Petes lost in the semifinal to the Swift Current Broncos, who then beat Saskatoon in overtime to win an all-Saskatchewan final.
"It's very cool to be back here where he played," Max Domi said. "He didn't win it, obviously, so I've been trying to win my own Cup here, We haven't talked about [the coincidence]. He just kind of brought up the whole thing with Mike Ricci and getting chicken pox and he was a CHL player of the year. It was a big blow for that [Peterborough] team."
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