Coyotes rookie also pranked in 1st pro game at Air Canada Centre

Paul McGaughey, CBC Sports

Max Domi returned to the scene in Toronto where he won gold with Canada’s world junior hockey team and didn’t waste any time having more success as a pro with the Arizona Coyotes.

The 20-year-old centre, playing in his rookie NHL season, rifled a shot past Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer to open the scoring at the 6:31 mark of the first period on Monday.

His father, former Leafs enforcer Tie Domi, initially seemed reluctant to celebrate the moment, before giving in to a couple high-fives.

In January, Domi and Coyotes teammate Anthony Duclair helped Canada defeat Russia 5-4 at the Air Canada Centre in the gold-medal game of the world junior championship, with Domi recording five goals and five assists for the tournament

Domi is off to a hot start with Arizona, having tallied four goals and six assists, and is among the top scoring rookies in the NHL.

Prior to the start of the contest, Domi’s teammates decided to have some fun at his expense, sending him out alone for the warmup.