Remember when Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi fought a Flyers fan?
Of course you do. It’s one of the most iconic and goofy moments in Philadelphia sporting history.
Believe it or not, today is the 20th anniversary of that incident. 20 years! That’s insane. It feels like this happened only yesterday, but it was, indeed, March 29th of 2001 when it took place. Back then, the Billboard charts were topped by Shaggy and Crazy Town, which was probably better than whatever the kids are listening to these days.
To jog your memory, Philly and Toronto were both playing good hockey that season. They were seen as Eastern Conference contenders and had played each other in the postseason a few times in recent years.
This game was tied 1-1 in the third period, and Domi attempted to fight Luke Richardson, but the linesman actually stepped in and prevented the melee from happening. That resulted in Domi going to the box, and then:
20 years ago today…
“A shattering experience in Philly” pic.twitter.com/Nw4CHLXxqq
— Life of a Philly Fan (@PhillyFanLife) March 29, 2021
One of the funniest things about this was seeing the extra security folks placed around the penalty box after they got Chris Falcone out of there.
He was from Havertown, and actually had an opportunity to meet with Domi and squash the beef after the incident went to court.
Domi explained this in various media appearances, but he and Falcone actually met inside the Wachovia Center after another game, and the pair were ultimately able to settle it old school, like two grown men. Domi got Falcone and his family up to a couple of playoff games in Toronto and the incident was put to bed for good.
This is an explainer from him on what happened:
Hilarious. I know we kind of poo-poo the “old school hockey” thing these days, but these are the kinds of classic moments that just don’t happen in the modern-day NHL. Not that we would suggest anybody jumps over the glass to take a few swings at Sidney Crosby, but there is a certain kind of… I don’t know, “attitude” that seems to be missing from the NHL in 2021.