Max Domi’s first endorsement as a Maple Leaf isn’t for a shaver, a soft drink or salad dressing.
The winger wants the word out on a product that will ease his daily challenge with Type 1 diabetes. Domi, diagnosed at age 12, has teamed up with Dexcom-g7, a thumbprint-sized sensor that relays real-time glucose readings to a Smartphone or watch every five minutes via an app.
“It’s still a very complicated disease, something we don’t yet have a cure for,” the 28-year-old said. “But tools like this have allowed me to free up the day in terms of stress.
“Hey, everyone is on their phone 24/7 now anyway, so what better place to have that info?”
A younger Domi’s routine once included pricking his finger for a blood sample and, for many years, he also relied on his male golden retriever, Orion, specially trained to bark when sniffing odour changes in blood sugar from a pack Max wore on his waist.
“Now you forget sensor is even there,” Domi said in an earlier interview with CP24. “That was a major complaint of (diabetes patients) for years, whether it was the pain of pricking or just the annoyance of it. Diabetes sucks and isn’t necessary fair, but try and flip a negative into a positive. Especially as an athlete, you have to be in tune with your body and mentally strong and having Type 1 really forces you into that.
“It hasn’t gotten in my way and shouldn’t for anyone else, whether you’re Type 1, Type 2 or a non-diabetic who just wants some data. For my girlfriend (who also monitors his blood sugar read-outs) it’s a little peace of mind, the kind my Mom wanted when I was younger.”
Ten-year-old Orion is still with Domi, having gained his own fan club when pictured on the cover of Max’s 2019 book No Days Off.
“He does exactly what the sensor did before it was around,” Domi said. “He still can still detect, though you retire dogs from that job around age nine. But he’s always with me, he’s my shadow.”
MARCHAND MARCHES ON
He won’t win any popularity contests in Toronto among other NHL burgs, but even his harshest critics must give Boston’s new captain Brad Marchand more respect after his past weekend’s performance.
After subtly causing some pre-game distraction to the Leafs when his trip of Timothy Liljegren came up, he scored the winner late in overtime. He came out of that celebratory group hug with a hand covering his face and made himself scarce post-game to the press.
It turned out the Nova Scotia native’s maternal grandmother, Frances O’Leary, had died the day before. She was on his mind as he broke an eight-game scoring slump and he did one better next night with a natural hat trick at home in a 3-1 win against Columbus.
“He’s a true leader,” goalie Jeremy Swayman told NHL.com’s Amalie Benjamin. “We all knew that from the beginning. For him to take it on his back and just not take no for an answer after a back-to-back and three-in-four (all wins), is what leaders do. He’s going to show up in the right times. He’s been doing that his whole career. Really special night for him and his entire family.”
TALE OF TWO HOME-GROWN GOALIES
A glance at the AHL’s leading goaltenders on Monday had Toronto Marlies rookie Dennis Hildeby leading the pack with a 1.63 goals-against average. The 2022 draft pick is nicknamed ‘Hildebeast’.
Ranked 40th in GAA, though coming off a 31-save, 6-4 win on the weekend for the Bakersfield Condors, was troubled ex-Leaf Jack Campbell, demoted last month by the Oilers.
Joseph Woll, the Leafs’ current No. 1, leads all rookies with eight wins and is first in save percentage among those with at least 10 games played at .915. The next win, the 18th for the 2016 second-round pick, will move him past five goalies on the Leafs career list — Dunc Wilson, Paul Harrison, Tim Bernhardt, J.S. Giguere and Curtis McElhinney.
It remains to be seen if Ilya Samsonov gets through a weekend illness to return to practice Tuesday, which will allow veteran Martin Jones to go back to the Marlies.
More than four years after a six-player trade between the Senators and Leafs, a forward Toronto must regret giving up is Ajax native Michael Carcone. A throw-in when Toronto sent defenceman Nikita Zaitsev and forward Connor Brown to Ottawa to get blueline help with Cody Ceci and Ben Harper, Carcone bounced to Nashville and a loan to the Tucson Roadrunners.
His 65 goals there in a two-year hitch led to a new contract with the parent Arizona Coyotes and the 26-year-old now has 11 goals, on the verge of the league’s top 20 this week.
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