After Tie Domi concluded a long hockey career of agitating opponents and delighting teammates, his son Max Domi joins the Phoenix Coyotes seven years later as the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. The general consensus is that Max is infinitely more talented than his father, and his role fits more as the point-producing center than a pugilist.
Before joining the Coyotes, Domi had become the eighth overall selection of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs in 2011. The 18-year-old center notched 39 goals and 87 points in 64 games last season andwas the first of four centers Phoenix selected from the 2013 draft class. It could be some time before he hits the NHL roster, but until then Domi can round out the skills that Phoenix’s volatile front office found so enamouring.
“We think he may be the most skilled player in our organization right now, including our NHL team,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said, via Arizona Central. “He’s a strong-bodied player. He’s been playing in a terrific organization. We just think we got a very good young player, and for a team that’s searching for more offensive ability, he has it in spades.”
Max Domi can’t avoid the comparisons to his father — who he calls his No. 1 fan — in surname, but he’s differentiated his game too much for any on-ice likeness.
“No, not at all. It’s part of who I am and I can’t change who my Dad is, obviously,” Domi said, via The Canadian Press. “I’ve just got to use it as an advantage. Obviously some guys are going to kind of go after you a little bit more but in the end, like I said, you can’t really change that … I’ve got to be around some pretty cool people along the way. It’s been a roller-coaster but it’s helped a lot.”