Bob Probert claimed this was the toughest guy he fought, and the guy who hit him the hardest
A vicious fighter on the ice, a beloved teammate and a proven good guy off the ice. Tie Domi is one of the most prolific players in NHL history, and the stories about him abound, and they’re almost always worth your time. Domi is one of the toughest players to ever hit the ice, and his numbers speak for themselves.
He played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets during a 16-year NHL career, but he is best known for his years in Toronto. There, he was the protector of star player and team captain Mats Sundin, and to this day is the Leafs’ all-time leader in penalty minutes.
He’s also third overall in PIM in NHL history, and no player in the league’s long history has fought more times than Domi.
And his record of 333 fights will likely stand forever, considering how the league has evolved since his playing days.
Tie Domi was a special enforcer. On the ice he was brutal against anyone who crossed his path, but off the ice he was a leader and a great teammate. And he wasn’t exactly a boaster.
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Despite his incredible numbers, he rarely talked about fighting and he often refused to talk about who was his toughest opponent or who was the best fighter.
And that was one of his strengths, he said. When Domi was in a Q&A with Sportsnet a few years ago, he explained why he never talked about fighting, and he also revealed that Bob Probert thought Domi was the toughest he’s ever had. never fought.
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And that says a lot. Being named the toughest guy by Bob Probert, one of the worst guys in the league, is definitely something.
“That’s why I didn’t want to talk about having the most fights. That speaks for itself. I wanted to be the best at what I did. I was a smaller guy. If I lost any (fight) I lost less than five Nobody ever hurt me Guys might have thought they got the better of me but nobody ever really hurt me “Dave Brown hit me hard. Probie hit me. But Probert said I was the toughest he ever fought and the toughest he got hit,” Domi said.
“Those moments I had with Bob Probert were special. The ties I have, the role I’ve played, including the tough guys I’ve fought, each of these guys can relate to the mental side of what I’m saying in there. All these guys are the only ones who understand. Maybe I’m the most prominent because I’ve done it the most, but they’ve all done it the same way.
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