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Penguins’ Louis Domingue Is a Backup Turned NHL Playoffs Star


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His first foray into cooking entailed dumping a wad of uncooked spaghetti into cold water and watching it turn to cement. But he did learn, and eventually wrote a cookbook, “Baking Goals,” which is concentrated on home baking and offers the family recipes he learned from Boileau and her mother. The proceeds profit autism research, Boileau said.

Domingue got a late start at goalie. He was 8, his father said, when he began on the position, which is over the hill for a lot of aspiring Quebec netminders. However the family spent their summers in Gloucester, Mass., a seaside town with a robust arts community, as an alternative of watching Louis in goalie lessons in rinks around Quebec. Boileau is an art teacher, and Charles Domingue, along with being a filmmaker, was a superb goalie in class. He helped Louis learn to play, and to like, the position, shuttling his son to early-morning practices and taking him on road trips near and much.

“It’s difficult for the parents of the goalies,” Charles Domingue said. “There may be a lot pressure on them. I’d watch other fathers, and so they are drinking beer, buying T-shirts, having fun. The daddy of the goalie, it’s not the identical. One mistake, and everyone seems to be upset.”

Louis was also a terrific baseball player, but when he was around 14, he made the choice to give attention to hockey, and he powered through the junior ranks as a prospect. His favorite player, perhaps appropriately, was not the Canadiens’ star goalie, José Théodore, but Jeff Hackett, their backup.

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Domingue was chosen by the Coyotes within the fifth round of the 2010 draft, but for the following several years he bounced between the A.H.L. and the N.H.L., playing for six teams, passing through waivers several times. But he refused to present up.

“You understand, he loves cats,” his mother said. “And he has nine lives.”

Playing for Tampa Bay in 2019, Domingue set the team record for many consecutive wins by a goalie, with 11, however the Lightning had Andrei Vasilevskiy, among the best goalies on the planet, and Domingue was waived the following September. He has played on 4 teams since.

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