By John Matisz
What was speculated by the media since the end of the 2010-11 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) season came to fruition Tuesday (Aug. 30), as the London Knights officially welcomed 16-year-old Max Domi to training camp.
Acquired through a trade with the Kingston Frontenacs, Domi — whose father Tie played 1,020 games in the NHL, registering over 3,000 penalty minutes — was exchanged Monday afternoon (Aug. 29) for three draft picks.
Playing centre for the Midget Don Mills Flyers last season, Max recorded 57 points, including 27 goals, in 30 contests. He is listed at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds and shoots left.
The Frontenacs, who chose Max eighth overall at the 2011 OHL Priority Draft, received a pair of 2012 OHL Priority Draft second round picks (one the Knights originally obtained from the Erie Otters) as well as the Knights' second round selection in 2015.
In an interview with London Community News, Max hinted his talents on the ice differ from what his father is infamous for.
"Me and my dad both use our hands, but I use mine a little bit differently," said the newest Knight, who was set to participate in his first day of training camp two hours following the press conference.
"I'm really excited. I'm just going to work hard, get to know everyone, and try to get comfortable as fast as I can," he added.
At the late morning press conference, the team also unveiled its new third jersey for the 2011-12 season. Max became the first Knight to don the new jersey. He will wear No. 16.
Tie, one of the Toronto Maple Leafs' most popular enforcers ever, attended the event at the John Labatt Centre but did not speak to the media.