Tie Domi: the Greatest Toronto Maple Leaf of All Time?

December 17th, 2009 by Eric Warren Leave a reply »
Right about now, there are a few hundred Toronto Maple Leafs fans gasping for air. Tie Domi? The greatest Leaf of all time? Are you nuts?

There are numerous players in the annals of Toronto Maple Leafs  lore who are perhaps deserving of the moniker. It depends in large part, I suppose, on your own personal criteria.

For example, my criteria obviously does not include points, for the most part.

To me, Domi was perhaps the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf Ever simply because everything he did while he played here was about the team.

To begin with, he was a tough guy, pound-for-pound perhaps one of the best fighters in the history of the game.

In 1,020 career NHL games, Domi logged 3,515 penalty minutes. Although they weren't all fighting majors, a lot of them were. During his 16-year NHL career, he was involved in over 330 fights.

Fighting couldn't be the only reason for my arriving at such a lofty decision, though. Another big part of it is the reason for the fights. Domi rarely ever backed down from anyone. There were several up-and-coming players over the years that went looking for him, trying to make thei ...

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