Looks like Max Domi is already frustrated that’s stuck playing for the hapless Montreal Canadiens, and is taking those frustrations out on opposing players.
In Wednesday night’s preseason game between the Canadiens and the Florida Panthers, which was played with a bit more fire than you would expect from guys just trying to get into the swing of things before the season starts in two weeks, newly acquired Max Domi decided to pop Aaron Ekblad in the face while he wasn’t looking.
Here’s the video:
It looked like Domi, son of famous former hockey pugilist Tie Domi, wanted to drop the gloves with Ekblad and have a good ol’ fashion hockey fight. Ekblad politely declined the request to dance, leading to Domi forcing the issue with a blindside whack to Ekblad’s face.
The punch left Ekblad a bloody mess and the officials tossed Domi from the game.
Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo wasn’t a fan of the play:
“I’m sure the league will look at it and we definitely won’t forget about it,” said Luongo according to the Associated Press. “You don’t do that. You respect your opponents and if your opponent doesn’t want to engage in a fight, there’s no reason to drop your glove and punch him square in the face. Bit of a gutless play. You don’t do those types of things.”
Domi’s teammate Jonathan Drouin had a slightly different opinion of the incident:
“The two were arguing with one another,” Drouin said. “I saw a pretty big slash from Ekblad on Max, and Max just took matters into his own hands. It’s also Ekblad’s fault for not protecting himself.”
Domi will face a hearing from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Thursday, and could very well face an early suspension that spills into the regular season.
Ekblad was put through concussion protocol after being struck in the head, but passed all the tests and does not have a broken nose, according to the team.