Max Domi knows how an athlete can help inspire children to live out their dreams despite dealing with diabetes. When the Arizona Coyotes forward was a child, he met Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers, who also has type-1 diabetes.
Clarke, who played 1,144 games over 15 seasons in the NHL, encouraged him at the time to stick to his dream. Domi did, and reached the top level in the sport last season. The 21-year old, who wears No. 16 because of Clarke, recently partnered with Ascensia Diabetes Care in order to teach and inspire others living with the disease.
"Having that motivation and that person to relate to and look up to is something that goes a long way," Domi told Sportsnet. "It's tough to make the NHL as it is, but when you have something like that, it can set you back a little bit. But there's no reason it should ever get in your way."
Domi will answer questions on poweredbyaccuracy.ca to help others who deal with the disease. He has had diabetes since he was 12, and when told he could still play hockey, it made him work even harder to reach the NHL. Domi, who had 52 points (18 goals, 34 assists) in 81 games as a rookie last season, has shown that you can live a fairly normal lifestyle with the proper treatment.
"Once you find a way to deal with it and manage it, you're just like everyone else," Domi said.