The Opportunity Cost of Max Domi

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Max Domi Pro: He’s a Graceful Loser

Sep 23, 2013; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Phoenix Coyotes forward Max Domi (15) comes from behind the net of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, even the most mature player won’t crack an NHL roster without the talent to back him up. The world of professional sports is evolving, though- and having a verbally controversial player is now considered to be somewhat of a team liability. Just take a look at this year’s entry draft- Joshua Ho-Sang was one of the most talented payers in the class, but nearly fell to the second round due to his attitude. Even in other sports, this has become a trend- if you think I’m joking, go talk to Johnny Manziel.

Max Domi comes from hockey blood known for being emotionally charged. He handled his exclusion from Team Canada at the Hockey World Juniors last year with grace and professionalism, though, opting to release a pacifying press statement in the stead of personally speaking to the media.

This year, Domi has remained gracious, even when looking back at his snub last year. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Domi sounded optimistic, rather than petulant:

"“I had a blast watching (the world junior last year),” Domi, looking to build off a personal-best 93-point season, said. “You have to be able to deal with a little adversity and not everything is going to be all roses. “But’s a new day and I’m not dwelling on it. I’m just looking forward now.”"

Actions speak louder than words, though, and Domi made sure his actions showed a willingness to keep trying, as well. According to Team Canada’s coach, Benoit Groulx, the forward brought his all to every junior team summer camp practice.

It may seem like coaches shouldn’t place as much emphasis on attitude, but a player’s versatility and cooperative nature can mean the world to a coach. Players like Vladimir Sobotka may have the best faceoff percentage on their team, but having a penchance for throwing prima-donna tantrums at perceived low-ball contract offers aren’t something that most teams look to retain on rosters overflowing with talent. Particularly in younger players, a coach is looking for willingness to adapt to a system- and Max Domi is looking like the kind of player willing to do that.