Domi's big milestone
The National Post's Joe O'Connor gives us an excellent (as always) profile of Tie Domi on the day the famed pugilist plays his 1,000 NHL game. I especially liked the tidbits about Tie's family, including his father, John:
John Domi was a teenager when he fled communist Albania for Canada following the Second World War. He was shot above the right eye as he made his escape into Greece, and he carried a bullet fragment — in his skull — for the rest of his life to remind him of why he left.Good stuff. Domi becomes the 206th NHLer to reach the mark.
The new Canadian scratched and saved so he could open a family restaurant in Belle River, Ont., a blue collar town not far from Windsor. And whatever profits Domi made at the start were invested to secure safe passage to Canada for the family members he and his wife, Meryem, had left behind.
All the hard work meant John Domi did not have time to play hockey dad to his son, Tie. But then much like his father, Tie Domi knew how to take care of himself.