Domi soap opera plot thickens

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 AM ET

LONDON, ONT. - Mark Hunter is no doubt happy he's had the opportunity to sit on his tractor the last week or so, having little to worry about except getting those soybeans in the ground.

He doesn't have to deal with the swirl surrounding Max Domi.

For those who haven’t followed As the Domi Turns, the first episode had young Max telling Ontario Hockey League teams that he was not going to play in the league but rather worry about his education and eventually play at an American college.

Of course, as with most soap operas there are always subplots. In this one young Domi really wants to play in the OHL but only in certain cities.

The plan goes awry when Kingston general manager Doug Gilmour steps in to foil the plan. He drafts young Domi and the plot thickens.

Domi won’t go.

Enter the London Knights or White Knight as they like to be known. Suspicion remains that London was young Domi’s initial destination. Not surprisingly, the Knights would love to help Domi out of this distressful situation.

And what would a good soap opera be without a complicated family situation. Tie Domi is a former NHL player. He and Max’s mother are divorced. Mom would like son to go to university.

Because of OHL rules, nothing can be done until almost September.

Hunter is hoping what he plants now, he’ll harvest in September and it isn’t soybeans.

Tie Domi made a visit to London last week. Hunter confirmed the visit.

Domi flew in by helicopter, talked with Hunter and left via the same transport method.

“No comment,” Hunter said.

Not about the conversation, Hunter admitted to chatting with the former tough guy. The no comment was about whether Domi flew in by whirlybird or not.

“I had conversations with Gilmour and Domi,” Hunter said. “A lot of people are talking to them.”

Whether a deal is done and just waiting for September to roll around earned yet another “no comment.”

That will be the final episode of As the Domi Turns.

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Hunter will be getting back to hockey full time once the crops have been planted, probably next week.

He said there has been no news yet on a new colour man on the Knights’ radio broadcasts on CJBK.

Mike Stubbs will continue to do his usual fine job with the play-by-play but with ancient colour guy Pete James giving the adios to the mike, someone will have to replace him.

“Yes, that’s right Mike,” James would say in that profound colour-man style.

“We haven’t really looked at anyone yet,” Hunter said.

It probably won’t be Tie Domi.

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Are times finally changing in Sarnia with the Sting?

It’s been years of frustration in the border city but it looks as if the big Stingers in charge of the team are going to throw everything they can into the franchise to make things different.

They hired former Knights assistant Jacques Beaulieu as coach and general manager and judging by his first few weeks on the job, he’s getting free reign to renovate as he sees fit.

But there’s more.

Second-round pick Anthony DeAngelo has signed with the Sting.

What’s the big deal?

DeAngelo is not just a second-round signing. He is an American that played in the United States Hockey League at 14, the youngest ever to play there.

DeAngelo would have been a top 10 selection but he had committed to Boston University. Heck, even the Plymouth Whalers, who have a good record of getting those Americans to report, passed on him.

Sarnia wouldn’t have touched him in the second round unless they had a pretty good idea he would come. Obviously they invested time, effort and who knows what else to persuade him.

It’s a big-time statement by the big Stingers in the front office.

It’s a great coup, not only because he’s an offensively gifted defenceman but also because his birth date is late October so he won’t be eligible for the NHL draft for three years, not the usual two.

It’s like being eligible to draft a player granted exceptional status in the OHL.

Who knows whether the latest Sting rebirth will actually be a rebirth.

But it’s not a bad start.

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