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Heatley thanks Snyders for support

Updated: February 14, 2005, 11:55 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- On Dec. 26, 2003, Dany Heatley first spoke publicly about the car accident that took the life of his Atlanta Thrashers teammate and close friend Dan Snyder and left Heatley facing physical and legal ruin.

The NHL's former rookie of the year addressed a large media crowd alone that night -- a 22-year-old struggling to take ownership for a moment's recklessness that changed forever the lives of so many people.

Amid tremendous support from the Thrashers, the hockey ...

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