I guess nothing’s forever. You were scrappy, you were effective. You left a lot of heart on the ice. I suspect you’re going to leave that heart in the broadcast booth now. I look forward to seeing you do your new job. (Don’t make me pissed off). Good luck in the transition.
First let me say that the Leafs will lose something special now that you are no longer with them. However, I am happy for you that you are now going to have more time to enjoy your life and your family.
Please pass along my best wishes to Tie in his retirement. While I’m a lifelong Habs and Devils fan I thoroughly enjoyed watching Tie play all these seasons, I really respect a grinder.. especially in a day where professional sports are filled with prima donnas who got on the DL for a hangnail… it seems hockey is one of the few sports left where a player will say tape it up and get me back out there… and Tie exemplified that!
I will miss seeing you this year. Thanks for the great years of hockey and for your giving back to the community. Although I am a long time Habs fan — I have admired and respected a number of Leaf Players over the years — and you are one of my favourites.
As a gift for my 22nd Birthday (April 15th, 1998) I received two tickets in the corner end Golds at Maple Leaf Gardens to watch the Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks. As me and a friend entered the Gardens through the Hot Stove Lounge we were directed to a booth where we enjoyed some spirits and food before the warm-up. Walking through the corridor and up the walk way we emerged to see the lights in full glare with both teams taking the warm-up. I instantly had a chill as to the spectre of the arena and the players on the ice up close and personal.
The moment I remember best of Tie Domi was just after one of his fights (I think with Cairns of the NY Islanders) Domi was mocking his opponent in the penalty box, and then proceeded to autograph his own stick and toss it into the opponent’s penalty box! What a laugh!