Tie Domi only appeared in 82 games for the Rangers over three seasons. In that time, he tallied 526 penalty minutes while getting involved in some of the biggest fights in the NHL, most notably when he took on Detroit’s Bob Probert at a game at Madison Square Garden in one of the league’s most well-known and anticipated fights.
On Feb. 9, 1992, the heavyweight fight took place. Probert stepped on the ice, whereupon Rangers head coach Roger Neilson sent out Domi who skated right up to Probert for the face-off. A split-second after the puck was dropped, Probert twice cross-checked Domi, and the fists were flying.
It was a fight lost by Domi, but a win for the fans.
The right wing was an excellent skater who had no fear in his game. Domi was known to take the ice to land a big hit or start a fight to help get his team to find a way to get back into games. A great garbage taker among the league, Domi could talk up as good as a game as anyone.
Bill Cook was an original New York Rangers player as he began his career with the 1926 team. Cook played all parts of the game very well. He was on a line with his brother Bun Cook and the legendary Frank Boucher. Cook was the enforcer of the team in an era of hockey that needed hard hitting and fighting players. Cook was a nasty player on the ice, verified by a story Cook tells of a confrontation he had with a Montreal player.
Cook was being pestered most of a game in 1926, so he decided to butt end the player in the head. The response was a butt end to his own head which knocked him down and out. He awoke on the ice with players fighting all around led by his brother Bun. After getting some stitches from the injury, Cook wound up scoring the game-winning goal that game.
Mental and physical toughness was how the game was played back in the 1920’s. A great time to be a hockey player in the NHL if you had the skill and will to play that style of hockey.