Max Domi Opens OHL Career With a Splash

By Mark Schadenberg

LONDON, Ont. – Ignore the name on the back of the jersey. This youngster is a different chip off the old block.

And Max Domi, son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, has wasted little time making his mark in the OHL.

The 16-year-old London Knights centre scored a hat trick in his first regular season game and currently leads all OHL rookies with eight goals in 18 games.

“He’s an elite player,” said Knights assistant GM Misha Donskov. “He’s a great kid and a character player. He has vision on the ice and impresses everyone with the hard passes right on the tape.”

NHL’s Top 25 Fights Since 2000

By Franklin Steele

Tie Domi and Donald Brashear Go Bonkers

Tie Domi shows why he was one of the game’s toughest players by throwing the gloves (again) with Donald Brashear.

These two combatants were very familiar with each other, but that doesn’t mean they started to back off of one another. The punches are coming so fast that the video seems to be in a slight fast-forward mode at points.


Leafs Make Amends by Honouring Sundin

Mats Sundin in 2007 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

By Glenn Healy

The Toronto Maple Leafs will pay tribute to Mats Sundin in a pre-game ceremony on February 11, 2012, raising his familiar No. 13 to the rafters at the Air Canada Centre – the sixteenth sweater so honoured.

The announcement was made Saturday night during the Penguins-Leafs game. The news was welcome and overdue. Give Larry Tanenbaum, the owner of the Leafs, full credit for repairing the relationship that existed between Mats and the team after he played his last game in a Leaf sweater. Tanenbaum pressed the reset button on the carnage left from the John Ferguson Jr. era.

Art Auction Raises Funds for Sunny View

All but one of the works of art were created by kids who attend the public school

By Tristan Carter
My Town Crier

About 200 people packed into the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on the evening of Oct. 17 to receive a special treatment — the red carpet treatment.

Former NHL stars Tie Domi and Paul Coffey joined the guests at the Able Artists Auction, an event where paintings by 42 children with disabilities from Sunny View Public School were auctioned off to raise money for the school.

The Monster Shines Again as Leafs Edge Pens

Jonas ‘The Monster’ Gustavsson showed up with his best performance in net so far this season as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre by a score of 4-3. Dion Phaneuf logged over 27 minutes of icetime on defence.

By Rick Couchman

Jonas ‘The Monster’ Gustavsson showed up with his best performance in net so far this season as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre by a score of 4-3.

Gustavsson made numerous highlight reel saves to secure the victory, robbing both James Neal and Steve Sullivan point blank. He’s been playing as the mainstay for the past week since James Reimer went down to injury against Boston. Reimer has been cleared to resume playing, but will miss at least one more game until he gets more practice time in.

That’s Grabovski With A ‘D’

The Toronto Maple Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski battles with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Craig Adams (left) and Matt Niskanen.

By Mike Brophy

No Sidney Crosby. No Jordan Staal. And yet the Pittsburgh Penguins still had one very special weapon – Evgeni Malkin. The man assigned to shut him down was none other than Mikhail Grabovski.

Most people consider Grabovski something of an offensive force, but on this night, it was his defensive skills that were being called into action. Check the final tally and you’ll discover both Malkin and Grabovski concluded the game with a goal and an assist. However, Grabovski was plus-1 and Malkin was minus-1.

Grabovski Deserves Kudos

By Adam Proteau
Metro Toronto

If I told you the Toronto Maple Leafs’ best all-around player last season was a five-foot-11, sublimely skilled forward tough (and some might say bull-headed) enough to absorb huge hits from Zdeno Chara and come back the same night to score the game-winner, you’d be forgiven for fantasizing that former captain Doug Gilmour had come back for one more kick at the NHL can.

However, the aforementioned player isn’t the man once hailed as ‘Killer.’ Rather, it’s centre Mikhail Grabovski — a Belarusian born in Germany and apparently raised by a pack of very fast skaters — who has shown himself to be deadly on the ice.

And for the Leafs to make the playoffs, they’ll need the 27-year-old to at least replicate the 29-goal, 58-point totals he posted last season.

But it would be nice to see Torontonians embrace Grabovski’s talent and spirit a little more than they do at present.

Hockey fans in this city usually direct their affection to the blue-collar, hard-working type personified by Tie Domi.

Jackson Epitomizes ‘Us-Against-World’ Bills

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson

By Steve Simmons, QMI AGENCY

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Were Toronto really home for the Buffalo Bills then the favourite son of fans would undoubtedly be running
back Fred Jackson.

He is part Matt Bonner, part Tie Domi, part Wendel Clark, part Pinball Clemens, part George Chuvalo, everything Toronto admires in its athletes. All from a back who has spent his entire football life running against the wind, defying odds, now making a difference on a winning team in the National Football League.

9 Most Badass Enforcers In NHL History

The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Tie Domi averaged 3.44 penalty minutes per game for his career, a rate with ranks as the 5th highest in the modern era. He’s also 3rd on the list of career penalty minutes, and 14th on the list of highest single-season PIM totals (365 in 1997-98). If you could measure NHL enforcers on penalty minutes alone (you cannot), this Toronto fan-favorite would be much higher on the list. Domi was never the most feared fighter in the NHL but, always willing to throw an elbow or sucker punch (see video) behind the play, he was certainly one of the most dangerous.