|Max Domi, son of former NHLer Tie Domi, is all smiles as he is introduced by the London Knights on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (QMI Agency/Mike Hensen)
LONDON, ONT. - Max Domi is officially a London Knight.
The talented 16-year-old son of former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Tie Domi was formally introduced at a John Labatt Centre press conference on Tuesday after the first round OHL draft choice's rights were traded by Kingston Frontenacs GM Doug Gilmour to Knights counterpart Mark Hunter for three second-round draft picks.
"It's one of the best teams in the OHL, the whole Canadian Hockey League for that matter," Domi said. "I'm excited to be here and I'm looking forward to being a part of the Knights."
Domi thanked Gilmour, his dad's old Leafs mate, for making the trade possible. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Domi scored 27 goals and 57 points in 30 games for the Don Mills Flyers minor midget team last year and Gilmour picked him eighth overall in May -- one spot ahead of the Knights, who took high-scoring centre Bo Horvat of the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.
"You'll like the way Max plays," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "He's not afraid to go in the corners and counter-hit the defenceman.
"He's quick and he anticipates the play, but more importantly, he makes his teammates around him better. That's what the Corey Perrys, those kinds of players, do and that's what we need."
Tie Domi did not attend the press conference but Max and the Hunters said there is little doubt he'll be at the JLC for many games this season.
The London Knights acquired F Max Domi from the Kingston Frontenacs for Erie's 2nd round pick in 2012 (Phil Varone trade), Guelph's 2nd round pick in 2012 (Daniel Erlich trade) and London's 2nd round pick in the 2015 OHL draft. The Frontenacs also get a compensatory first round pick in the 2012 OHL draft.