Tahir “Tie” Domi was born on November 1, 1969 in Windsor, and is a retired professional ice hockey player. He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets, and was known as an enforcer for his entire sixteen-year NHL career.
Growing up in Belle River, playing sports was Tie’s way of dealing with undiagnosed dyslexia. He worked hard to succeed and his tough personality gave him advantage in the game of hockey. He started in minor hockey playing for the Belle River Rink Rats. As a 15 year old he played for the Belle River Canadians of the Great Lakes Junior C Hockey League. He moved up a level the following year with the Windsor Bulldogs of the Western Junior B Hockey League.
Domi began his junior career in the Ontario Hockey League in 1986-87 by being selected to play part-time by the Peterborough Petes, and the Peterborough Roadrunners of the Metro Junior A Hockey League. Playing full season with the Petes in 1987-88, Domi accumulated 292 penalty minutes earning the reputation as a team enforcer.
During the off-season in 1988, the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted Domi into the NHL. His professional career started in 1989-90 with Toronto’s American Hockey League affiliate the New Market Saints, while also making his NHL debut with the Maple Leafs. In the off-season, he was traded to the New York Rangers and in 1991-92, Domi was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. In 1995 he was back to the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2002 he was traded by Toronto to the Nashville Predators, but never played with the team; and later he re-signed with Toronto. In 2006 the Toronto Maple Leafs opted to buy out the final year of his contract. Domi became a free agent, but without a contract several months later he announced his retirement in September 2006.
Domi has three children from his 13 years of marriage to his ex-wife Leanne. He presently lives in New York with his second wife Heather McDonough.
Tie Domi led an interesting life during his controversial NHL career and he recorded it all in his book “Shift Work” which was co-written by Jim Lang.
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