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Dany Heatley (born January 21, 1981, in Freiburg, West Germany) is a Canadian professional hockey player who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

Heatley played with the University of Wisconsin-Madison hockey team, and was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers second overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft after Rick DiPietro. He won the NHL Calder Memorial Trophy for Rookie of the Year after scoring 26 goals and 67 points in 82 games.

2003 All-Star game

Dany was also picked as Most Valuable Player of the 2003 NHL All-Star Game. During that game, he found himself constantly complimented by Eastern Conference teammate Jeremy Roenick, then of the Philadelphia Flyers. Watching Heatley from the bench, the then 33-year-old Roenick said, "Twenty-two years old? You're not supposed to be able to pull moves like that at 22. My goodness." After Heatley scored another goal off a feed from Jaromir Jagr and Olli Jokinen, and noticing Heatley's missing tooth, Roenick said to the young star in relation to his smile, "The good thing is that you're gonna win that truck. The bad thing is you're gonna be smiling all day on TV and I don't really think that's that pretty."

Vehicular homicide

On September 29, 2003, Heatley was seriously injured after he lost control of the Ferrari 360 Modena he was driving and struck a wall, splitting the car in half and ejecting him and his passenger, teammate Dan Snyder. Heatley suffered a broken jaw, a minor concussion, a bruised lung, bruised kidney, and tore three ligaments in his right knee; Snyder was critically injured with a skull fracture, fell into a coma, and died six days later on October 5. Despite forgiveness from Dan Snyder's family, Heatley was charged with vehicular homicide as a result of the crash. He pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide, driving too fast for conditions, failure to maintain a lane, and speeding. He was sentenced to three years probation. Heatley returned to play 31 games later in the 2003-04 NHL season, scoring 25 points.

  • Also notable in this incident is the fact that Heatley was selected as the cover player for EA Sports NHL video game franchise that year. Due to the fallout from the accident, EA switched to Joe Sakic, although many copies of the game shipped with his picture on them. This was seen as evidence of the Madden curse of EA's football franchise extending to other sports.

During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Heatley initially played for the Swiss team SC Bern. He played well, scoring more than a point per game, until being injured in November when he required surgery for a broken orbital bone after being struck in the left eye with a puck. The pupil in his left eye became permanently dilated as a result. He finished the year with the All-Star laden AK Bars Kazan in the Russian Superleague, joining former Thrashers teammate and friend Ilya Kovalchuk, among others, but had an unimpressive stint. He also played in the 2005 World Championships, but had a disappointing tournament compared to the previous year in Prague, where he was part of the gold medal winning team.

The Trade

Prior to the return of the NHL in 2005, still suffering from the constant reminders of his tragic accident, Heatley asked to be traded from Atlanta. On August 23rd, 2005 he was sent to the Ottawa Senators for established Slovak star Marian Hossa and veteran defenceman Greg de Vries. Heatley made a spectacular start with his new team. On October 5th, 2005, opening night for the 2005-06 NHL season, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley became the first players to score goals in the 1st official NHL shootout in history when they both scored against the Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour. Their sticks were subsequently sent to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Heatley managed a 22-game scoring streak to begin the 2005-06 season. Among players with new teams, this was behind only Wayne Gretzky's 23-game streak upon joining the Los Angeles Kings during the 1988-89 NHL season. Heatley's scoring streak surpassed Marian Hossa's franchise record. The hardest game of the season for Heatley was his first game back at Philips Arena. The Thrashers fans booed his every move, especially when he scored a goal. The game proved to be the hardest loss for the Senators all year, an 8-3 defeat powered by a four-point game for Slava Kozlov. Heatley finished the season with 50 goals and 53 assists, giving him his first 100-point season. He set the team record in goals (first in Senators history to 50), and tied the record for total points (103).

Thanks to his spectacular start to the season, he was selected to play for Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. However, in a disappointing group effort, the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals.

In the 2006-07 season despite a slow start, he soon stepped up his play, especially when his linemate Jason Spezza was out with an injury. Behind Vincent Lecavalier with 52 goals, he finished with 50 goals and became the first NHL player to score at least 50 goals in consecutive seasons since Pavel Bure in 1999-2000. His 105 points broke the team record he tied the previous year. He also had an excellent plus-minus rating of 31.


Awards and acheivements


  • He is the only Thrasher to get the Calder Memorial Trophy in franchise history.
  • He recorded the most points by a rookie (67) for any Thrasher in franchise history.
  • Heatley also became the first Senator in franchise history to reach the 50 goal mark (scored 50th on the last game of the season at the Rangers).
  • Also scored the most points (105) in team history.
  • First shootout game-winning goal by a Senator, and in the NHL (Alfredsson scored before Heatley).
  • Ottawa Senators franchise record for most consecutive games with at least a point (22).
  • First Ottawa Senator to score back to back 50 goal seasons: 05/06 & 06/07.
  • Set new career high for points April 7, 2007 with 105.
  • Set a new team playoff record, scoring 9 seconds into the 3rd period in a Round 1 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

International play

Played for Canada in:

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Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 University of Wisconsin-Madison NCAA 38 28 28 56 32 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 University of Wisconsin-Madison NCAA 39 24 33 57 74 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 82 26 41 67 56 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 77 41 48 89 58 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 31 13 12 25 18 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 SC Bern NLA 16 14 10 24 58 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Ak Bars Kazan RSL 11 3 1 4 22 4 2 1 3 4
2005-06 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 50 53 103 86 10 3 9 12 11
2006-07 Ottawa Senators NHL 82 50 55 105 74 3 1 2 3 6
NHL Totals 354 180 209 389 218 13 4 11 15 17

International statistics

Year Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2000 WJC 7 2 2 4 4
2001 WJC 7 3 2 5 10
2002 WC 7 2 2 4 2
2003 WC 9 7 3 10 10
2004 WCH 6 0 2 2 2
2005 WC 9 8 3 11 4
2006 Oly 6 2 1 3 8
Senior Int'l Totals 51 24 15 39 40


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Dany Heatley


Position: Left/Right Winger

Team: Ottawa Seantors

Uniform Number: 15

Years in League: 6

Age: 26

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 215

Shoots: Left

College: University of Wisconsin (NCAA- 1999 TO 2001)

Selection: 1st Round, 2nd ovreall in 2000 NHL entry Draft

Drafted By: Atlanta Thrashers

NHL Debut: 10/04/2001 vs Buffalo Sabres

Salary: $5,500,000.00

Full Name: Daniel James Heatley

Parents: Murray and Karin Heatley

Brother: Mark Heatley

Date of Birth:January 21, 1981

Place of Birth: Frieburg, West Germany, Europe

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