December 22nd, 2014

Area Sports

¥Publication Name: The Lethbridge Herald ¥Publication Date: 12/20/14 ¥Story Body: THE CANADIAN PRES Ð ST. CATHARINES, Ont. When his father, Tie, played for the Maple Leafs, Max Domi took to the ice after morning skates and imagined playing a game at Air Canada Centre. “It’s pretty close to happening,” Domi said Thursday. Domi and the rest of Canada’s world junior team will face Russia on Friday night in its first exhibition game to prepare for the upcoming championship tournament. It’s a chance for coach Benoit Groulx, his staff and the management team to make some final roster decisions. For Domi, it’s an opportunity to live out part of a lifelong hockey dream. A prospect with the Arizona Coyotes who’s starring in his fourth season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, he spent much of his youth in Toronto. “The whole experience is going to be pretty special, for sure,” Domi said. “It’s something we’re all looking forward to. But we’ve got to take care of business and we’ve got to beat the Russians.” In downplaying his trip to Toronto, Domi seems to have bought into Groulx’s concern about what the environment could do to the 19-year-old forward. “I think it’s big for Max to go to Toronto and play a game,” Groulx said Wednesday. “I think it’s going to be very important for him to manage his emotion, to stay calm and focus on what he’s got to do, not on being in Toronto where his dad used to be a star.” Tie Domi spent 10 full seasons and parts of two others with the Leafs. During that time, Max developed a love for one specific part of games at Air Canada Centre: the cookies in the family lounge. “They’re unbelievable, man,” Domi said. “I don’t know what it is. They have different guys’ names and their numbers. (Mats) Sundin was my guy, so I shoved them all in my pockets and just ran away and they were all gone before I got home.” Domi is close to his father’s size at five-foot-nine and 194 pounds but brings much sharper offensive skills. In 214 games with London, Domi has 287 points on 111 goals and 176 assists. Groulx said Domi had a good summer camp with Canada’s world junior team and hasn’t seen that play drop off. Domi has 58 points in 27 games so far this season. “I watched him play three times from September to November, and every time I watched him play he was good,” Groulx said. “So I’m not surprised the way he’s performing here so far. We expect him to be a good player for us.” Domi spent this week of training camp as the first-line left-winger alongside Sam Reinhart and Anthony Duclair. That’s major billing for the 2013 first-round pick, skating with the No. 2 selection in 2014 and a player who has spent the bulk of this NHL season with the New York Rangers. Over the past year, Domi said he has tried to work on his 200-foot game and become a more complete player. Groulx liked what he saw out of Domi at camp. “I like the way he works, the poise that he has with the puck, Groulx said. “He seems to be very confident.” Some of that confidence comes from Domi’s speed, which teammates know is one of his biggest assets. “He’s a good guy in the room,” centre Connor McDavid said. “And on the ice he can absolutely fly with the puck and he can make so many special plays. Just an unbelievable player.” Ð- Follow @SWhyno on Twitter ¥Publication Page Number: 3 ¥Publication Section: b ¥Pub Section And Page: b3

By Transporter on December 20th, 2014

THE CANADIAN PRES – ST. CATHARINES, Ont. When his father, Tie, played for the Maple Leafs, Max Domi took to the ice after morning skates and imagined playing a game at Air Canada Centre. “It’s pretty close to happening,” Domi said Thursday. Domi and the rest of... Read More »

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Taber’s Brandon Davidson makes his NHL debut

By Lethbridge Herald on December 19th, 2014

Greg Price Southern Alberta Newspapers Brandon Davidson has worked for everything he’s gotten in his hockey career. Everything Davidson has endured he has faced head-on, and last Wednesday the six-foot-two, 215-pound defenceman from Taber fulfilled a dream when he played his first game as a National Hockey League player. Davidson... Read More »

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LCI basketball teams earn LSAA wins

By Purcell, Dylan on December 18th, 2014

Lethbridge The LCI boys and girls basketball teams scored a sweep over Winston Churchill during Lethbridge Schools Athletic Association action Tuesday. In the boys game LCI won 52-33 and in the girls game, LCI posted a 53-27 win. In the boys game, Lucas Knitel-Allnen led LCI with ... Read More »

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Sugar Queens win royally

By Purcell, Dylan on December 18th, 2014

Picture Butte The Picture Butte Sugar Queens reigned on their home court last weekend. The Sugar Queens downed Stirling High School 37-34 to capture this year’s Rule The Court Tournament Saturday at Picture Butte High School. Picture Butte nearly got the tournament sweep, but the Sugar Kings were... Read More »

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December Cup wraps up

By Purcell, Dylan on December 18th, 2014

Lethbridge HERALD The ninth annual Boys December Cup took the pitch last weekend at the Servus Sports Centre. In the Boys U12 Tier II division, the Lethbridge FC03 took the silver medal, while the Lethbridge FC 04 Cyclones earned the bronze. The LFC 03 started with a 5-... Read More »

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Golden Hawks post pair of wins

By Purcell, Dylan on December 18th, 2014

Lethbridge Bantam AAA The Lethbridge Val Matteotti bantam AAA Golden Hawks went 2-0 during Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League action last weekend. The Golden Hawks topped the SEAC Tigers 3-1 Saturday and defeated the Rocky Mountain Raiders – who are still tied for first in the league -... Read More »

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Wednesday’s High School Notebook: Basketball and honours this time around

By Lethbridge Herald on December 17th, 2014

One of the longest running local invitational high school basketball tournaments in the area hits the courts at Magrath High School this Friday and Saturday as the home boys, under the tutelage of veteran mentor Allen Gallup, attempt to defend local honour versus seven temporary invaders. I suspect this outing will... Read More »

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Copperheads split on the weekend

By Purcell, Dylan on December 17th, 2014

Coaldale The Coaldale Copperheads started last weekend on a losing note on the road, but rebounded with a home win to cap off a 1-1 weekend. The Copperheads headed High River Friday to take on the Flyers in Heritage Junior B Hockey League action and lost at the... Read More »

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Coaldale soccer teams mine gold at tournament

By Purcell, Dylan on December 17th, 2014

Lethbridge The Coaldale Thunder Soccer Club took home a fine medal haul at the Lethbridge Soccer Tournament last weekend The club won four gold medals in the boys U12 Tier III, U14 Tier II, U14 Tier III and U16 divisions. All four teams went undefeated in a total... Read More »

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Canes top the Warriors

By Purcell, Dylan on December 17th, 2014

Moose Jaw The Lethbridge Hurricanes have snapped a six-game losing streak and earned new head coach and general manager Peter Anholt his first win. The Hurricanes were in Moose Jaw to face the Warriors in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night and posted a 6-4 win that improves... Read More »

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