March 20, 2011
Cue the yearly debate about making a hotshot 16-year-old go through the Ontario Hockey League priority selection. Some call it gaming the system, some call it good parenting. In any event, former NHL tough guy Tie Domi had broadcast that his son Max Domi, a centre who is on a very short list of the best 15-year-olds in Ontario, is going the NCAA route. From Steve Simmons:
After being wooed by junior-hockey operators — including CHL commissioner David Branch — the highly touted Domi has chosen to go south and play American college hockey rather than stay home. "I played junior but (Max’s mother) Leanne and I want our kid to go to college," said Tie Domi, Max's celebrity father. "It wasn't an easy decision to make, but for us, it was the right decision." Young Domi, 15, was expected to be one of the top choices in the OHL draft, and has informed junior teams in the province to pass on him. (Toronto Sun)
This is the best refresher on Max Domi:
One day we'll live in the world where the father of a talented young man will say that and it will be taken on face. It's just that it is such a familiar script. The onus for fixing the selection process also relies more on the teams whom advisers of the most promising players deem less than desirable than it does on advisers and promising players.
The first eight selections are as follows: 1) Barrie Colts; 2) Peterborough Petes (Tie Domi's former major junior club) or Belleville Bulls depending on which of the two misses the playoffs; 3) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds; 4) Sarnia Sting, 5) Belleville or Peterborough; 6) Sudbury Wolves; 7) Brampton Battalion; 8) Kingston Frontenacs. There are a couple organizations in there that are not exactly tempting at the moment, no need to name names.
There was talk a while back, playing on Tie Domi and Kingston Frontenacs coach Doug Gilmour being old pals, that Kingston is the the Domis' preferred destination. That would seem odd in light of the fact the last centre Kingston took with its first pick, Alan Quine (No. 2 overall in 2009), needed a trade to Peterborough just to get sufficient ice time. In any event, there's some Domi drama ahead.
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