As Team Canada moves to Toronto for the quarterfinals at the 2015 world junior hockey championship, Max Domi is in a familiar place.
The Arizona Coyotes’ prospect grew up watching his father Tie Domi play for the Leafs at Air Canada Centre and is quite familiar with his way around Toronto’s dressing room now occupied by Canada’s Under-20 team.
With the Canadians starting the tournament in Montreal the team used the Canadiens dressing room, a place his father was likely never welcome in.
“They’re unbelievable,” said Max Domi, comparing the two rooms. “They’re very different and a lot of history in both of them.”
The 19-year-old, who was selected 12th overall in 2013, admitted it was weird getting dressed in the Leafs’ room for practice Thursday.
“I’ve been in this one a few times so it’s a little weird walking around it and actually getting dressed in it for an actual team,” he said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Domi didn’t get his dad’s stall, which is now occupied by the Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul.
“I don’t know whose stall I have, but (Madison) Bowey’s sitting in my dad’s old stall. I told him that. He just laughed,” said Domi.
Domi was asked if he’d be seeking a trade of stalls with the Capitals’ prospect.
“No, I’m not sitting in that one, I don’t know what went on in that stall,” he joked.
Team Canada won’t care where he’s sitting so long as he continues his solid play into the quarterfinals against Denmark Friday.
Domi is behind only Sabres’ prospect, and teammate, Sam Reinhart and Red Wings’ draft pick, Dylan Larkin in the tournament scoring race with four goals and three assists in four games.