Domi's No. 16 honours Bob Clarke
RYAN PYETTE, QMI Agency
|Max Domi asked for No. 16 on his new Knights jersey, choosing to honour a diabetes hero over family. (MIKE HENSEN, The London Free Press)
LONDON, ONT. - The number Max Domi wears on his hockey sweater bears a touch of personal symbolism.
On Tuesday, the London Knights' newest acquisition pulled the team's new third jersey -- commemorating the 2005 Memorial Cup-winning team's logo and fittingly made up in a hunter green hue -- over his head for the first time.
On the back, the sweater displayed the No. 16.
"I've worn it the past few years because of (former Philadelphia Flyers captain and executive) Bob Clarke," the 16-year-old Domi said. "I don't know him but a few years ago, I watched a show on TV about him and how he managed to play hockey despite having Type I diabetes."
Domi has diabetes too. He was diagnosed five years ago. "You have to live a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy and monitor it, but it's never been an issue for me," he said.
He views Clarke as a role model and that's why he wears No. 16, not 28, the digits his father Tie wore as a Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer. "I've never worn 28," said Max, who at 5-foot-8, 180-pounds, is built like his dad. "When I was younger, I wore No. 13 for Mats Sundin."
Not 93, the number Doug Gilmour, another of his father's high-profile teammates, donned with the Leafs.
Max paid tribute to Gilmour in a different way. During his introductory Knights news conference, he thanked the now-Kingston Frontenacs GM for moving him to London in a trade on Monday.
Kingston picked Domi eighth overall in the OHL draft in May.
"I've known Doug Gilmour since I was a little kid and I want to thank him for making this possible," he said.