Top 10 NHL Enforcers of All Time: No. 6 Tie Domi

Rob WebbAnalyst IAugust 2, 2008

Coming in at No. 6 on the list is Tie Domi.


This guy was a fighting machine. He leads the NHL in number of career fights, with 333.


Argue with me if you must, but you're not going to get anywhere. The guy with the most fights ever in the NHL definitely deserves a spot on this list.


Domi is remembered as a Maple Leaf in most people’s eyes, but he also played for the New York Rangers and the Winnipeg Jets.


The Native of Windsor, Ontario could be the most entertaining fighter ever. His antics on the ice were just wild; he had some great post-fight gestures.


We all saw the heavyweight belt gesture after one of his great fights with Bob Probert, who he had a great career-long feud with.


He also had great feuds with other tough guys, such as Donald Brashear, Sandy McCarthy, and Rob Ray.


A lot of people will probably remember Domi for what he did on March 29, 2001, in Philadelphia. He was in the penalty box and a Flyers fan was heckling him. Domi got angry and reached over the glass and squirted the fan with his water bottle.


One of the fans got up and tried to get a piece of Domi, breaking down the glass and falling into the penalty box. From there Domi pulled his shirt over his head and landed a couple weak punches.


To me, that was classic. I miss the days of the great Philadelphia vs. Toronto games.


Domi played over 1,000 games in the NHL and had 245 points. That’s not too bad for an enforcer.


My uncle actually fought Tie Domi in the OHL. He was an enforcer who never made it. He played for the Oshawa Generals while Domi was with the Peterborough Petes. My uncle said that it was the hardest punch he ever took in his whole playing career.


A lot of people probably lost a bit of respect for Domi on December 11, 1999, when a brawl took place between the Flyers and the Maple Leafs. Domi called out both Craig Berube and Sandy McCarthy at the same time, but didn’t fight them, leaving non fighters like Mike Johnson and Thomas Kaberle to take the beatings.


Domi retired in 2006 as a Maple Leaf. He went on to have a short stint broadcasting for TSN, but never really went anywhere with it.


Domi was one of the greatest enforcers ever, and will be remembered as one for a very long time.



Note: This is part five of a ten-part series