Domi suing coach for libel

IAN ROBERTSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

Tie Domi served notice yesterday on his son's coach that he will seek damages for slandering and libelling the ex-Maple Leafs enforcer with accusations of rink rage.

Domi's intentions, drafted by his lawyer Symon Zucker, were sent to Lucas Miller a day after the coach told reporters his version of a confrontation last Friday.

The Sun was contacted by people who claimed Domi became verbally abusive at Miller for not giving his son Max, 11, enough ice time during a playoff game as captain of the minor peewee AAA Toronto Marlboros.

The team lost to the Toronto Red Wings that night.

Witnesses differed dramatically in their recollections, claiming Domi swore at the coach and used threatening body language.

NO EVIDENCE

Others, including the hockey dad, said the exchange was nothing to complain about. Toronto Police went to the arena, but said they had no evidence to lay charges.

On Sunday, after the Marlboros defeated the Red Wings 6-2 during another game, Domi said his exchange with Miller was misrepresented.

After the final series ended Monday with Max scoring the winning goal on the Red Wings, Miller said he had delayed saying anything to avoid hurting his team's chances.

Miller refused comment last night.

He filed a formal complaint against Domi with the Greater Toronto Hockey League, alleging he feared the former NHL player was going to hit him Friday. In the letter to Miller, Domi said he went to the game Friday "as a father and spectator" and admits to "a disagreement" with the coach over his skills, Zucker said.


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