Coach fights back

CHRIS DOUCETTE and JACK BOLAND -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:46 AM ET

Three days after Tie Domi allegedly flew off the handle watching his 11-year-old son's hockey team lose an important playoff game at an arena in North York, the coach at the heart of the alleged rink-rage incident is fighting back.

Lucas Miller has kept quiet about the matter until now for fear of hurting his minor peewee AAA Toronto Marlboros chances of becoming city champions.

But with the final playoff series against the Toronto Red Wings ending last night, the Marlboros coach officially filed a complaint about the former Leafs tough-guy with the Greater Toronto Hockey League yesterday.

"I honestly thought he was going to hit me," Miller said yesterday of the incident that he alleges took place Friday night after a 2-0 loss to the Red Wings. "He went ballistic on me."

Miller claims he was on his way back to the dressing room to talk to his team, which is captained by Tie's son Max, when the retired NHL enforcer pushed his way through his assistant coaches and launched into a tirade filled with expletives.

NOT FIRST TIME

Miller said he really doesn't know exactly what sparked the alleged outburst, but he claims it's not the first time he's felt threatened by Tie.

"I was in shock, I didn't know what to do," Miller said of the alleged profanity-laden attack, which he outlined in his two-page letter to the GTHL. "It was unbelievable."

Last night at the Thornhill Community Centre arena where his son scored the winning overtime goal in the championship game, Tie said: "This whole thing has been blown out of proportion -- I'm here to watch my kid tonight."

Another hockey dad, Mike Soucier, whose son is on the Marlboros, said he witnessed the exchange between Tie and the coach. "There was loud discussion back and forth but I didn't hear any obscenities," he said, adding Tie was "a regular hockey dad ... a great guy."

But according to Miller, Tie's tirade went something like this: "You don't know what the f--- you are doing. You're not coaching to win. You're an f---ing disgrace. You're a f---ing joke!"

Miller said he was especially taken aback by the alleged incident, which was apparently witnessed by his two assistant coaches and his wife, because even though Max had forgotten his gloves and helmet "in Game 6 of the AAA playoff finals," he wasn't benched, which is normally the team's policy for showing up without all of your equipment. An assistant coach got Max replacement gear so he was able to play.

Miller said he was bothered by some media reports that seemed to downplay the incident and by the way Tie seemed to brush it off as nothing following Sunday's game.

SORRY

Miller claims he has yet to receive any sort of apology but he had heard that Tie told one of his assistant coaches he was sorry in the parking lot following the game Friday.

Miller alleges he's had similar problems with Tie throughout the season, including cellphone messages he claims were downright threatening.

Miller said he wants to ensure the alleged behaviour is on the record.

"I haven't done anything wrong here, I'm the victim," Miller said.

John Gardner, president of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, said he received the 2-page complaint via e-mail yesterday.

"All it (the letter) is alleging is there was a lot of profanity that took place," Gardner said. "There are always two sides to the story."


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