The Tie Domi Era Closes

leafsThe Tie Domi era has come to an end after twelve seasons. The Toronto Maple Leafs bought out his contract today in an effort to create a little more cap room. He is our all-time leader in penalty minutes and ranks third in NHL history. More importantly, he's the only member of the Maple Leafs I've had a lengthy conversation with. These photos are from that afternoon we discussed our gold medal in Salt Lake City, his ascent to first in penalty minutes and my life-long adoration of the franchise.

Tie Domi actually made his NHL debut as a Leaf back in 1989-90. He was then traded with Mark LaForest to the New York Rangers for Greg Johnston before coming back on April 7, 1995. We sent Mike Eastwood to the Winnipeg Jets to bring back #28 and he's been a fan favourite ever since.

The game has changed and the Tie Domi's of the NHL have less of a role to play. So long Tie, thanks for the memories, thanks for the effort, thanks for twelve entertaining years and a dream come true.

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