From hockey’s most prolific fighter comes a sports memoir unlike any other—passionate, funny, and candid, Shift Work chronicles Domi’s sixteen tumultuous seasons in the NHL.
Making it through a single fight as an enforcer in the NHL is a sign of toughness. Making it through 333 of them is a mark of greatness. Whether it was on the ice or off it, Tie Domi was driven to be the best at his job and was gifted with an extraordinary ability to withstand pain. He made a career out of protecting the people around him and became known as someone who would stand up for the people who needed it most.
Raised by immigrant parents in Belle River, Domi found success from an early age on the field and the rink. A gifted athlete in whatever sport he played, Tie eventually focused his sights on hockey. As he moved up the junior ranks, he made a name for himself as a player who was always ready to take on anyone who dared to cross his teammates.
Tie’s reputation followed him into the NHL, and it wasn’t long before he ranked among the game’s most feared—and fearless—enforcers. From New York to Winnipeg to Toronto, Tie quickly became a fan favourite in whatever city he played. As he went about working his name into the record books, Tie surrounded himself with people from every walk of life, learning from each one as he evolved into a respected leader who was never afraid to tell it like it was.
In Shift Work, Tie recounts the ups and downs of his life on and off the ice, showing what he has learned and how he has grown as both a player and a person. He offers insight into the most memorable points of his career, sharing his successes and mistakes with unparalleled honesty. Shift Work shows Tie Domi as he is—a devoted father and friend, a valued and loyal team player, a magnetic personality, and an athlete of immense skill and courage.
Domi was one of hockey's greatest fighters. He was a locker room leader and made friends with a surprising number of high-profile people in and out of the game. This memoir reveals much about the man: his upbringing as the son of Albanian immigrants, beginnings in hockey and rise in the NHL, losses in the 2008 financial crisis, and pride in his three children, including NHL player Max. The insight into his fearless and driven personality helps readers understand the role of an on-ice enforcer. He writes that he always had to be ready "to do my job and assume the responsibility of protecting the people around me." Domi also knows how to pull his punches, especially when it comes to naming names. Who caused trouble in the Toronto Maple Leafs locker room? Domi won't tell. Though he talks about the effects of his divorce, he doesn't say why his marriage collapsed. What he does say is entertaining and fun, but tough guy Domi chooses to share his life lessons rather than indulging in a nasty tell-all. Few who faced his fists would argue with him.
I came away from the book with a whole new respect for Tie Domi.
Wasn't a huge Domi fam since I was a Islanders fan. But after this read I now a big fan of his. Someone I'd love to meet. Seems like a such a great guy.