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Ask the Leafs: Tie Domi

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Welcome to a new feature on where you can ask a question of a member of the Maple Leafs each week and see selected answers posted here. You will also be able to see the answers on FanCam, one of the more popular shows on Leafs TV.

This week you can ask Leafs goalie Trevor Kidd anything you like. We will pick the best questions for him and Tie's answers will appear here and also on the FanCam epsiode Saturday, November 9 at 11:30 am. FanCam also has repeat broadcasts throughout the week so check the Leafs TV schedule.

Recently, we had the chance to do a Q+A with forward Tie, who shared his thoughts on a number of subjects:

Q: Why did you choose the No. 28 and does it hold special meaning to you?

Domi: When I went to NY, as a young guy I was No. 8 and it wasn't available, either was No. 18 so I picked No. 28. I've been with it ever since and it has been good to me so far.

Q: How do you prepare yourself for game day?

Tie Domi excelled at many sports.
Graig Abel Photography
Domi: I try to stay pretty relaxed and not think too much about the game until right before the warm-up. Over the years I've learned the more you think the tougher it's on you. I just stay focused on being relaxed. When game time comes that's when you click the switch on.

Q: I go to Belle River District High School and I know you went there for a year. Did you play a lot of sports and was it hard to play hockey and work at school?

Domi: I was there for grade 9 and I played Junior "C" hockey there and we won the Ontario Championships. I also played football and we won a championship there too, so that was quite fun and I have a lot of good memories. It's definitely tough to play two sports during the winter and do well in school.

Q: You played football, soccer, and hockey and could probably played pro in any one of them. What made you choose hockey?

Domi: I think soccer was probably my best sport. I didn't start hockey until I was 10 years old. Soccer really was my best sport by far. I was a goal scorer and I was being recruited by a lot of schools in the States and teams in Europe when I was young. But I'm a Canadian kid, born and bred here and I always wanted to be a hockey player just like everyone else. It really was my dream.

Check back in upcoming weeks for the next installment of ASK THE LEAFS.

Previous ASK THE LEAFS include:

Brent Smith
Rick Ley
Carlo Colaiacovo
Tom Fitzgerald
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