Domi honoured, emotional

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Tie Domi couldn't completely relish the moment.

Not when his buddy, Eric Lindros, was suffering so much.

"I just talked to Eric and he's pretty choked up," Domi said after the Leafs' 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. "We'll have to see what happens."

Lindros reinjured his wrist during the game and is slated to undergo season-ending -- and maybe even career-ending -- surgery later this week.

Earlier in the evening, Domi was honoured for playing in his 1,000th game, a milestone the Leafs tough guy reached Friday night in Buffalo.

The ceremony drew quite a list of celebrities last night.

Former Maple Leafs pugilist Tiger Williams, one of Domi's childhood idols, was there.

So, too, was former Leafs captain Doug Gilmour, who presented Domi with a silver stick. The momento had the names of all 274 of his NHL teammates engraved on it.

NHL vice-president Mike Murphy gave Domi a sculpture from the league. Leaf players and training staff gave him a cheque for a new wine cellar.

The festivities were capped off by the singing of O Canada by Tom Cochrane, another Domi friend.

"It was special," Domi said.

MAPLE LEAF MATS

Yes, it's true that Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin has been frustrated by the team's recent funk.

But the team's struggles have not changed his mind about leaving Toronto.

Several weeks ago Sundin insisted he wanted to remain a Maple Leaf. He reiterated that yesterday.

"I don't want to go anywhere," he said. "I want to stay here my whole career if that's possible.

"It's like anything in life. You go through some tough times but you have to stick with it."

Just one week ago, Sundin and Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson were celebrating Sweden's gold-medal victory at the Olympics.

"I learned to respect Daniel over the years," Sundin said. "He's a fine player."

Meanwhile, Sundin also expressed concern about Lindros.

"He's a big part of the he said. "I know how tough it is for him to get hurt."


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