Tie was born in Windsor, Ontario on November 1, 1969. Born to parents who immigrated from Albania. Tie’s first sporting loves were soccer and baseball. He did not play organized hockey until he was 10 years old.

Tie went on to play for the 1984/85 Belle River Canadiens Junior "C" team (see photo below). Tie is the 4th player from the right in the second row. The next season Tie played for the Windsor Bulldogs where he lead the league inpenalty minutes with 346. Tie then split the 1986/87 season between the Peterborough Roadrunners and the Peterborough Petes. Tie played 3 seasons for the Petes where he helped the team reach the Memorial Cup in 1988/89. In 5 Memorial Cup games Tie scored 2 goals and lead the tournament with 26 penalty minutes.

Tie was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round of the 1988 entry draft. Tie played only 2 games for the Leafs in 1989/90 before being traded to the New York Rangers. Tie spent parts of 3 season with the Rangers including scoring his first NHL goal March 23, 1991 against Philadelphia. On December 28, 1992 Tie was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. Tie spent 2 1/2 seasons with the Jets. Tie was selected the Jets most popular popular player in 1994.

April 7, 1995 Tie was traded back to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was back with the Maple Leafs to stay. Tie is the all-time leading PIM leader for the Leafs surpassing his childhood hero Dave "Tiger" Williams on December 15, 2001.

Tie has 3 children Carlin, Max and Avery Rose. Tie lives year round in Toronto. His summers are spent doing charity work, spending time with the family, staying in shape and golfing.