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Rookie Max Domi is creating quite the buzz in the NHL. Image courtesy of NHL.com

Coyotes rookie Maxi Domi a must-watch player

The 20-year-old rookie forward Maxi Domi and his incredible backhand are certainly causing a stir in the NHL.

Though his backhand shot is regarded as one of the best in the league, it’s just one of many tools Domi has in his arsenal. The rookie forward has some serious speed and great hands, making him a major asset to the Arizona Coyotes and a threat to any team he plays against.

His skills have certainly impressed teammate Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

“Everybody is talking about him back home [in Sweden],” Ekman-Larsson said. “He’s got a lot of speed, some sick hands and that shot. His backhanded shot is probably one of the best in this League. Unbelievable. So hard. He’s got a lot of good things going on.”

Domi currently has 8 points in 7 games so far this season, with 3 goals and 5 assists.

He is the perfect poster boy for the new, re-branded Arizona Coyotes. Domi brings a fresh energy that the organization has been lacking for quite some time.

Domi is the son of former NHL grinder Tie Domi. The two share a surname, but that’s where the similarities end.

Max is a dominant scorer who packs plenty of speed on the ice. He does credit his father for encouraging him to develop his deadly backhand shot.

“My dad was all over me about watching the game and being a student of the game to learn and get better and then practice that stuff,” Domi said.

In addition to his famous father, there is something else that separates Domi from many other young NHL players. He was diagnosed as a Type-1 diabetic at the age of 12. Despite the challenge, Domi sees his diabetes as part of who he is rather than an obstacle. He has even chosen to wear No. 16 in honor of Bobby Clarke, an NHL Hall of Famer who also has Type-1 diabetes.

His previous exposure to the NHL has been crucial in helping Domi make the adjustment. Teemu Selanne was one of the first people to hold him as a baby. Former Leafs center Mats Sundin is a mentor, idol and friend for Domi to this day.

Growing up, Domi was able to see famous NHL players both on and off the ice. He was exposed to how hard they worked in practice and at games, as well as how they conducted themselves off the ice.

“This is not a starry-eyed teenager,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said of Domi. “He’s very comfortable.”

The hype hasn’t gotten to his head though. Teammates and coaches alike say that Domi is respectful and humble.

Though the Coyotes are making Domi the leader of their renaissance, they are cautious not to put too much pressure on the young forward. The season is early, but the organization is impressed with the results they’ve seen from Domi so far.

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Jillian Gordon
Jillian is a writer from Edmonton, Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and loves all sorts of cultural phenomena. In addition to writing, Jillian's hobbies include photography and playing roller derby.