Max Domi Biography

Max Domi BiographyClaim to Fame: OHL Junior hockey player (London Knights)
DOB: March 2, 1995
Diabetes Type: 1

Promising young center Max Domi is on the rise to becoming the next big name in hockey. The son of retired enforcer Tie Domi, Max is no stranger to hockey and has had plenty of opportunity to dissect the game from both on and off the ice. A major figure in Canadian junior ice hockey, Domi started his career playing for the St. Michael’s Buzzers, a junior "A" hockey team from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In September of 2011, Max began making headlines when he started training for the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights, a junior ice hockey team from London, Ontario, Canada. With the memory of his father’s career still fresh in the minds of hockey fans, the young athlete found himself the subject of scrutiny, but has proven himself capable of standing out based on his own merits.

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, Domi’s main concern wasn’t his diet, the constant finger pricks, or the life of insulin shots ahead of him. Instead, his concern was his future in the sport of hockey. It was then that Domi learned about Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke, the hockey center for the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers from 1969 to 1984 who also has type 1 diabetes. In a gesture of solidarity, Domi has chosen to wear Clarke’s old number, No. 16, on his jersey.

For Max, diabetes his just been a part of the whole that is the complete person. In a 2011 interview with, Domi stated, “You have to live a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy and monitor it, but it's never been an issue for me.” Determined to be successful and propelled by a passion for the sport, Max controls his diabetes as he would the puck or his stick. It is simply another element to be aware of and, when it does prove problematic, it is just another obstacle he must overcome.

Find more athletes with diabetes.

1 – Max Domi’s No. 16 honors Bob Clarke, (Accessed 12/9/11.)
2 - The Internet Hockey Database. Max Domi hockey statistics and profile, (Accessed 12/9/11.)
3 – Toronto Sun. Max Domi grabs spotlight from dad, (Accessed 12/9/11.)
4 - TSN Sports News & Headlines. Max Domi – Not exactly a chip off the old block, (Accessed 12/9/11.)

Last Modified Date: November 28, 2012

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by Brenda Bell
There are two reasons it took me as long as it did to "come out" publicly with diabetes (and hypertension). One was denial: in my mind, I was too young to have type 2 diabetes — a condition I only knew in people over the age of 55 — and the other was fear of public shaming. Turn back the clock several years before my own diagnosis. Our workplace was a bit more stratified, with two editors above me. The elder of the two was somewhat overweight and, like many...
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