Drafted a decade ago, DiDomenico will finally make NHL debut

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Drafted in 2007 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Chris DiDomenico will finally make his NHL debut tonight for the Ottawa Senators.

For the 28-year-old forward, it’s been quite the journey to the top league in the world. During his pro career, he’s played for Toledo of the ECHL. He even went to Italy for a couple of years.

Signed last month out of the Swiss league, DiDomenico will make his Senators debut against the Coyotes in Arizona.

From the Ottawa Citizen:

It has been a long road for DiDomenico, who suffered a broken femur and knee in his final year of junior hockey, playing for current Senators coach Guy Boucher with Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“For him, it’s his first NHL game and he’s going to be nervous,” Boucher told reporters. “Don’t try to do too much. He’s got great hockey sense. He’ll know what to do with the puck. He’s just got to make sure he knows where he’s going defensively and he’s like everyone else, paying the price, and he’ll be fine.”

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