A Season of Loss, a Lifetime of Forgiveness: The Dan Snyder and Dany Heatley Story

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ECW Press, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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This narrative about two boys from different backgrounds touches on family, forgiveness, sport, and making peace with tragedy. Dan Snyder was not a sure thing in professional hockey, but defied expectations—playing for both the minor league's Chicago Wolves and the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers. Dany Heatley, on the other hand, had been tapped for success from the start as a college star and high draft pick. The two made an unlikely pair, but became friends. In September of 2003, the then 22-year-old Heatley lost control of his speeding Ferrari; Snyder was thrown from the vehicle and died six days later. The loss of their teammate, friend, and son sent those who knew Snyder looking for healing or revenge. As the legal story unfolds, so too does a story of forgiveness, rooted in the Canadian Mennonite tradition from which Snyder hailed. Snyder's family, taking an approach to their loss dictated by their faith, chose to make peace with both Heatley and his parents. This story of forgiveness reveals a lesson in loss, hope, and peace in the face of tragedy.
 

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John Manasso has worked for 10 years as a reporter in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, and is a Contributor to The Hockey News. As the beat writer for the Atlanta Thrashers, he reported extensively about the events surrounding Dan Snyder's death.

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