He writes, he scores!

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Dany Heatley is hoping his life story will score with kids.

The Senators sniper doesn't exactly consider himself a wordsmith, but when he was approached by Hockey Canada and author Lorna Schultz-Nicholson last year to put together an autobiography, he thought it was a good idea.

The end result is the 80-page Dominant Dany Heatley, which will be in bookstores Nov. 25.

The book -- designed to be a light, quick read -- tells of Heatley's desire to follow in the footsteps of his father Murray, a former WHA and pro hockey player in Europe.

"We wanted this book to be for kids," Heatley said yesterday in an interview. "We want kids to be able to read it and we hope that we can get more kids reading as a result of putting out this book."

Heatley will hold his official launch Dec. 2, the day before his former team the Atlanta Thrashers are in town.

The rise to NHL superstardom couldn't have been done without his father, Heatley said.

"My dad was a huge influence. I was three when he retired. I never saw him play, but I knew he was good so the hockey respect, and not only the respect that he was my dad, was always there. He was always a gauge of whether I was getting things done right or not."

CAR ACCIDENT

Schultz-Nicholson -- who has written similar books with Sidney Crosby, Cassie Campbell and Jarome Iginla, and is the wife of Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson -- briefly touches on the tragic car accident that took the life of Heatley's former teammate and friend Dan Snyder in Atlanta.

The foreword to the book includes a quote from Wayne Gretzky, who lauds Heatley "for playing for the love of the game."

Stacey McAlpine, Heatley's Calgary-based agent, said some of the profits from the book will be distributed to yet to be named charities and Hockey Canada.

"This is good for (Hockey Canada and myself), and this is good for kids," said Heatley. "You talk to teachers who have trouble getting kids to read and the only books that I read when I was a kid were hockey books. Hopefully, this is a good thing that a lot of kids will read."


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