Tie Domi was one of the highest profile enforcers in the National Hockey League in the 1990s and early 2000s. He played 16 seasons at hockey’s highest level for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, and Winnipeg Jets.
Domi was born on November 1, 1969 in Windsor.
In his youth, Domi played in the Belle River Minor Hockey system. He eventually graduated to the Belle River Canadiens Junior “C” club, where he played under NHL Hall of Famer Marcel Pronovost. Eventually, Domi was drafted by the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. He went on to star at that level for three seasons.
In 1988, Domi was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (27th overall) of the NHL Entry Draft. Although he was assigned to the Newmarket Saints in the American Hockey League for the 1988-89 season, he managed two appearances with the Leafs before being traded to the New York Rangers in the offseason.
After 25 games with the Binghampton Rangers in the AHL, Domi graduated to the NHL, where he would stay for the remainder of his career. With the Rangers, Domi developed a reputation as one of the toughest players in the league. He memorably enjoyed several bouts with Bob Probert, a fellow WECSHOF inductee.
Domi spent parts of three seasons with the Rangers but was traded to the Winnipeg Jets midway through the 1992-93 campaign. During the 1994-95 season, he was moved back to the Maple Leafs, where he would stay for 11 years. A wildly popular right winger, Domi was always better known for his toughness than his offensive play. Nevertheless, he did submit a 15-goal season in 2002-03.
Domi retired in 2006 as one of the best regarded toughmen in the history of the NHL. In 16 NHL seasons, he totaled 104 goals and 141 assists in 1020 games. As of 2015, his 3,315 career penalty minutes were the third highest total in league history.