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Domi Using Childhood Advice for Canada at WJC

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

MONTREAL -- Coyotes prospect Max Domi is putting into practice for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship advice he got as a youngster from family friends Mario Lemieux and Mats Sundin to shoot the puck whenever the opportunity is there.

Domi, the son of Tie Domi, scored for a second straight game at Bell Centre on Saturday and Canada recorded its second shutout win in two days with a 4-0 victory against Germany.

There really wasn't any question about him shooting when he put Canada up by three at 9:14 of the third period; the 19-year-old forward joyfully stuck out his tongue to celebrate after he scored on a back-door tap in off a no-look backhand pass from Sam Reinhart (Buffalo Sabres).

"That was a gift," Domi said Sunday. "I guess Christmas came a couple of days late for me."


Domi recalled how his father, a veteran of 1,020 NHL games, would remind him that two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame had encouraged him to seize opportunities to score goals as much as setting them up.

"I would always overpass when I was a kid in minor hockey so he'd jump all over me," Domi said. "He's like, 'Fine. If you can't listen to Mario or Mats Sundin, then I don't know who else I can get to tell you'."

Domi has 17 goals and 41 assists for 58 points in 27 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League this season. His 287 points and 240 penalty minutes in 214 games during his four seasons with the Knights stand in contrast to his father's NHL totals of 104 goals, 245 points and 3,515 penalty minutes.

"He played a long time in the NHL and I haven't even got there yet so obviously he's the guy that I look up to in the sense that I want to be able to follow in his footsteps," Domi said. "I ask him questions every day and he talks to me every day about it and it's just work ethic and being a good teammate and stuff like that. He's a pretty special guy on and off the ice so I'm pretty lucky to have him in my back pocket 24/7."

Canada has outscored its opponents 12-0 after opening the tournament with an 8-0 win against Slovakia on Friday. Next up for the hosts are defending champion Finland on Monday.

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