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Heatley's skate: First test in return

With his first strides, Dany Heatley passed his first symbolic test after the death of Dan Snyder.

Updated: December 23, 2003, 5:57 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- The moment lasted exactly 11 minutes and was book-ended by polite applause from the 100 or so fans and children gathered Tuesday to watch Dany Heatley take his first tentative turns around the ice since the car accident that took the life of teammate and close friend Dan Snyder.

Wearing an Atlanta Thrashers baseball cap and lightly outfitted in a practice jersey and workout pants, Heatley's initial skating session since his right knee was surgically repaired on Oct. 7 was for ...

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