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Heatley and Snyder remain in hospital
After a very serious high speed accident, Dany Heatley and Dan Snyder continue to remain in hospital. Heatley is expected to make a full physical recovery, but Snyder is still in a coma, in what has been described as critical condition. The accident occurred after a Ferrari driven by Heatley lost control and crashed into a wrought iron and brick wall in front of an apartment complex. Snyder was thrown apporoximately thirty feet from the car and suffered serious head injuries. Heatley is being charged with a bevy of criminal offenses and will be appearing in front of a judge once released from hospital.
It seems that Heatley will have some serious issues with the law and is expected to have a lot of problems recovering (mentally) from this tragedy. The Atlanta Thrashers
are expected to be there for him along the way. Some questions are being raised about young (rich) players who are far away from home, playing in 'foreign' cities, and with minimal supervision. Does the NHL have a responsibility here? Or do the individual teams, who also have a lot at stake? Or should these players be expected to act as responsible adults?
In what is extrememly sad news, Dan Snyder passed away due to complications from the massive injuries suffered in the car accident. He was 25 years old.
Here are some related statements taken from the Thrashers site.
Statement from the Atlanta Thrashers regarding the passing of Dan Snyder
We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Dan Snyder. Dan was a teammate and friend to all of us. We feel a tremendous amount of pain as an organization and extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
Statement from the Heatley family
"We are overwhelmingly saddened and distraught over this tragic loss. Dan was a genuine and caring individual, and a tremendous friend to all of us. Our deepest sympathies and compassion go out to his parents and their entire family. All of our thoughts and prayers are with them during this tragedy."
"The support we have received from the Snyder family, the Thrashers players and staff, friends, family and fans has been extremely helpful during this difficult time. We would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers."
COMMISSIONER BETTMAN STATEMENT REGARDING DAN SNYDER
National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing away of Atlanta Thrashers forward Dan Snyder:
"Dan Snyder was committed to his family, to his profession, to his team and to his community, and the news of his passing fills all of us with an overwhelming sense of sorrow. The NHL extends its deepest sympathies to his parents who have lost a cherished son, to siblings who have lost a loving brother and to players who have lost a devoted teammate. Our prayers go out to his entire family."
Dan Snyder was buried yesterday, in his home town of Elmira, Ontario. The service was attented by his Thrasher teammates (including Dany Heatley) and many hockey personalities including Don Cherry, Ron McLean, Gary Bettman, and Ken Dryden.
The Owen Sound Attack (used to be the Platters) of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) retired Dan Snyder's number 14. Snyder played for the Attack during his 4 year OHL career.
From news reports of a week ago, Dany Heatley has now started staking. His physical wounds might have healed, but only time will tell us about his mental state.