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Old 09-30-2003, 02:06 PM   #1
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Thrashers' Heatley, Snyder injured in car wreck

[q]Thrashers' Heatley, Snyder injured in car wreck
Atlanta police file charges against Heatley, who was in a wreck last year

By JOHN MANASSO
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer


Dany Heatley (left) and Dan Snyder.


WSB-TV
Police investigate the wreckage of a car driven by the Thrashers Dany Heatley on Lenox Road Monday night.


Thrashers forward Dany Heatley, MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game and one of the NHL's rising young stars, has been charged in a high-speed Buckhead wreck that critically injured teammate Dan Snyder.
Both players were seriously injured in the 10:30 p.m. Monday one-car accident on Lenox Road and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Snyder, 25, was listed in critical condition today after undergoing surgery for a depressed skull fracture, according to team president Stan Kasten. Snyder was out of surgery shortly before 10 a.m. A depressed skull fracture is one in which part of the calvarium, which makes up a large portion of the skull, is pressed inward.

Heatley, 22, the NHL's 2002 rookie of the year, was listed as stable.

Snyder, 25, was thrown from the car, which was traveling 80 mph, police said. Heatley, who police said was driving, had a broken jaw, Kasten said, and several media outlets reported that he was conscious and talking. His black Ferrari was mangled beyond recognition in the crash.

Atlanta police Sgt. John Quigley said Heatley has been charged with reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle because his passenger was injured.

Heatley, like all drivers in accidents with serious injuries, took a blood-alcohol test. Results may not be known for days or weeks.

Last year, Heatley was involved in another wreck not far from where Monday night's crash occurred.

On Jan. 10, 2002, Heatley rear-ended another vehicle on Roxboro Road near Rockhaven Circle, according to an Atlanta police report.

Heatley, who was driving a 2001 Infiniti QX4, told the investigating officer that he didn't notice that a 1997 Infiniti had stopped for traffic. His car hit the older Infiniti, knocking it into a Jeep Cherokee.

No injuries were reported, and Heatley was charged with following too closely.

Monday night's wreck left players and fans in shock.

"Nobody's really thinking about hockey," team captain Shawn McEachern said. "We're thinking about the guys."

The Thrashers canceled practice Tuesday at the IceForum in Duluth. It's unclear whether Wednesday night's exhibition game at Philips Arena with Florida will go on.

General manager Don Waddell, who was in Toronto for NHL general managers' meetings, returned this morning to Atlanta on the same flight carrying Snyder's parents, who live in the Toronto area. The Snyders have arrived at Grady.


Heatley's father, Murray Heatley, reached on his cellphone in Calgary on his way to the airport with his wife, Karin, said he had few details. Heatley said he had not yet spoken to his son. Their plane was scheduled to arrive at midmorning.


"We don't know anything," Murray Heatley said. "We just know they were in a bad accident. We're praying for [Dany]. We're hoping and praying for Dan Snyder."

Heatley and Snyder had attended a public relations event for season ticket holders at Philips Arena from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Witnesses said both players remained at the function until at least 9:15 p.m. Team officials said they believe Heatley was headed to his Buckhead home when the accident occurred. Heatley was not ejected in the crash.

The team is scheduled to play its seventh preseason game Wednesday, with one more on Friday before the season starts on Oct. 9 against Columbus at Philips Arena.

At the site of the wreck this morning, fragments of the shattered Ferrari still littered the ground.

Heatley, a Calgary, Alberta, native who played two years of college at the University of Wisconsin, was sixth in the league in goal-scoring last year with 41 and ranked ninth in the NHL in points with 89. He was named the NHL's rookie of the year for the 2001-02 season.

Snyder was expected to make the team as a fourth-line center, but was going to start the season injured, as he underwent surgery several days before camp to repair a partially torn tendon in his left ankle.

Snyder, born in Elmira, Ontario, is a 6-foot, 190-pound center signed by the Thrashers as a free agent on July 6, 1999. In 2002, he helped the Thrashers' top minor-league team, the Chicago Wolves, win the American Hockey League championship, the Calder Cup.




A feisty player on the ice, Snyder scored 10 goals and had four assists in 34 games.

Heatley, 6-3, 215 pounds, is seen as an emerging leader on the Thrashers and possible future captain of the team despite his age. Over the summer, he returned to University of Wisconsin to take a political science class toward his degree in history. He said it was the first time since leaving school at the end of the 2001 college hockey season that he had returned to take a class.

Heatley is scheduled to make a base salary this year of $1.075 million, but has made several million more than that in his first two years by hitting bonus clauses in his contract.

Entering their fifth season, the Thrashers have designs on making the playoffs for the first time. They finished 10th in the Eastern Conference last year, two spots out of a playoff berth. Much of their hopes are pinned on Heatley, their best player.

Staff writers Jeff Schultz and Mike Morris and the Associated Press contributed to this article.[/q]
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this is terrible news. i hope and pray for their recovery and that Dan Snyder recovers from his serious head injuries.
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Hoping Snyder will pull through.

I'm so proud of Dany... 80 in a 30 zone. Doesn't seem like much has changed since high school.

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Was it really a 30 zone? Wow, I didn't know that. Let's all hope his teammate will recover from very serious injuries. Many suspect he won't play again.

And what a waste of a perfectly good Ferrari.
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it is a very dangerous road. i think the speed limit is 35 not sure. of course this being atlanta no one does the speed limit, but you have to be a jackass to do 80 on that road. that is a death wish.
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22 years old with a new 200,000 dollar ferrari

not a good combo
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I just keep thinkig--your Dany Heatley, one of the most promising young guys in the NHL and you do something dumb like that. It is really a shame.

I hope Snyder recovers from his injuries.
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[q]Heatley out indefinitely with torn knee ligaments

By JOHN MANASSO
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

Thrashers right wing Dany Heatley has torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments and a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, an MRI exam revealed Friday. In a statement, the team said Heatley will be "sidelined indefinitely."

General manager Don Waddell refused to give a timetable for his recovery, other than to say Heatley's surgery would occur in seven to 10 days.

"We won't comment on a time frame," he said. "Until you go in there [surgery], with these kinds of things, you never know."

Heatley and teammate Dan Snyder were injured Monday night when Heatley lost control of his Ferrari on Lenox Road in Buckhead.

Snyder remains in a coma at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who performed Snyder's brain surgery, said Snyder's medical condition remained unchanged.

Center Marc Savard, who had a hat trick to finish the preseason with five goals in four games in Friday's 5-2 victory over the Nashville Predators at Philips Arena, said he once injured his MCL and was out two months.

"It's a tough thing," Savard said. "I had an MCL. He's got both. We'll just have to go tomorrow and visit him and support him."

The team also announced that Heatley will have surgery today on his broken left jaw and said there is "limited nerve injury to some of the muscles" in his left shoulder. Waddell said no surgery will be needed, and Heatley probably will rehabilitate the nerve injury before the jaw heals.

Also, Snyder's family released a statement saying, "Our son, Dan, remains in critical condition. The doctors are conducting a lot of measurements on his brain and all levels at this time are in a normal range. We thank you again for your continued support and prayers."[/q]
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[q]Thrashers' Snyder dies of crash injuries

By JOHN MANASSO
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

Dan Snyder, the overachieving Thrashers player who worked his way up to the NHL, died on Sunday as a result of injuries suffered in a car crash last Monday as a passenger in teammate Dany Heatley's car, the team said.

The team released a statement: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dan Snyder. Dan was a teammate, a friend to all of us. We fell a tremendous amount of pain as an organization and extend our deepest sympathies to his family."[/q]
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this really pisses me off. he did not have to die.

damn it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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[q]ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Dan Snyder died Sunday night, six days after he was involved in a horrific car crash with teammate Dany Heatley.

Snyder died at Grady Hospital from massive brain injuries without ever regaining consciousness, the team said. He was 25.

Police said Heatley was driving his Ferrari at about 80 mph on a narrow two-lane road last Monday night when he lost control, spun off the road and smashed into a brick and wrought iron fence.

The car split in half. The players were thrown into the road.

Heatley already was facing several charges, including a felony.

"The charges will be upgraded. It hasn't occurred yet," Sgt. John Quigley, an Atlanta Police Department spokesman said Sunday night. "I expect them to be upgraded in the near future."

He said investigators will meet with the District Attorney's office on Monday morning.

"It would likely be vehicular homicide first degree," Quigley said.

Snyder underwent surgery for a skull fracture but never emerged from his coma.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dan Snyder," the Thrashers said in a statement. "Dan was a teammate and friend to all of us. We feel a tremendous amount of pain as an organization and extend deepest sympathies to his family."

Snyder, a center who had 10 goals and four assists in 36 games for Atlanta last season, had surgery on his ankle in September before the start of training camp. He was expected to start the season on the injured list.

Snyder signed with the Thrashers as a free agent in 1999 after playing four seasons of junior hockey for Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League.

He spent most of his first three professional seasons in the minor leagues, helping Orlando win the International Hockey League title in 2000-01 and playing on the Chicago Wolves' American Hockey League championship team in 2001-02. He also played 35 games for Chicago last season, getting 11 goals and 12 assists.

In addition to his legal problems, Heatley also sustained serious injuries in the crash.

He underwent surgery Saturday for a broken jaw and an MRI found that he tore two ligaments in his right knee. He will require more surgery in about a week for the knee injury, certainly threatening any return to the ice this season.

Heatley is the gap-toothed leader of the Thrashers, a 22-year-old with both toughness and great skill with the puck. Last season, he scored a team-record 41 goals and was MVP of the All-Star game.

The Thrashers would only say that Heatley is out indefinitely, but it's clear general manager Don Waddell was planning for the season without his best player. He traded for Carolina Hurricanes goalie Jani Hurme on Friday with an eye toward acquiring help up front.

Atlanta also claimed left wing Serge Aubin from Colorado and left wing Ronald Petrovicky from the New York Rangers in the waiver draft on Friday.

Waddell said it's not known if Heatley will miss the entire season.

"Until doctors go in and see the extent of the tear, it's impossible to give an accurate recovery timetable," he said.

Heatley, who posted a $50,000 bond, already faced a felony charge of serious injury by vehicle and three misdemeanor charges. Police are awaiting test results to determine if Heatley was drinking on the night of the wreck.


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