Mats Sundin and Tie Domi will be reunited at December's Winter Classic alumni game at Comerica Park in Detroit. (QMI Agency)
Ex-Toronto Maple Leafs Mats Sundin and Tie Domi will be reunited in the Winter Classic alumni game at Comerica Park.
Domi told TSN Radio 1050 Thursday that he and Sundin have been asked to take part in the alumni game — the Leafs will take on the Detroit Red Wings –that will be held as part of the Winter Classic celebrations. The retired Leafs tough-guy said the two former teammates would likely play.
When Tie Domi took his seat in the dead air of the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night, he cringed at the depressing scene. The former Maple Leafs tough guy, a crowd favourite during his decade-plus in Toronto, looked around at an arena pocked with empty seats and fed-up fans.
He saw his successors in blue and white playing with zero fight, booed off the ice after a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. He saw a once-proud franchise extend the longest playoff drought in team history for another miserable year.
The NHL is reportedly set to announce that Original Six rivals Toronto and Detroit will face off in the 2013 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., festivities which will include an alumni game at Comerica Park.
Veteran forward Joe Nieuwendyk gives the Leafs a 2-0 lead in Game 7 of the conference quarter-final with the Senators, firing a gentle wrist shot from high atop the faceoff circle to the right of Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime.
Daniel Alfredsson, the long-time captain of the Ottawa Senators, was swarmed outside a familiar room on Tuesday morning. He has spent plenty of time inside the visiting locker room at the Air Canada Centre, including some of the most meaningful, dramatic games the building has hosted. “Playing Toronto, it’s always been a good rival,” he told a crowd of reporters a few hours before playing the Leafs again. “But it’s maybe not as heated as it’s been over the years.” He acknowledged that could change. Hockey fans should be so lucky. Here are five highlights from when the Battle of Ontario really meant something:
Third Period: 10:24 – Domi takes a run at Leschyshyn. Neil immediately comes over and they drop the gloves. Neil gets in a right, and it’s pretty much all Domi from here, as they start to spin a bit and Domi lands a few lefts, misses on one or two more. They go down and try to get back up, but the linesmen stop it. Pretty short bout.
BELOVED FORMER LEAF LANNY McDONALD TO GUEST JUDGE ON CBC-TV’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES
Lanny McDonald, one of the most beloved Toronto Maple Leaf players, is returning to historic Maple Leaf Gardens as a guest judge on CBC Television’s BATTLE OF THE BLADES, Sunday, October 25 and Monday, October 26, at 8 p.m. McDonald is married to figure skater Ardell McDonald, making the hockey legend’s story one that mirrors what the BATTLE OF THE BLADES has accomplished.
It was a different hockey world when Mats Sundin made history.
His status as the first European ever selected No. 1 in the NHL draft back in 1989 was no small achievement, you should remember. Back then, Euros weren’t necessarily seen as players that could be trusted to be franchise players despite the success players like Jari Kurri had already experienced. The Iron Curtain had yet to fall, so players from Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union were all but unreachable.