Date of Birth:  January 21, 1981
 Place of Birth: Freiburg, West Germany
 Residence: N/A
 Years on National Team:
 N/A
 Height:  6'3"
 Weight: 215 lbs

Playing hockey has always come easy for Ottawa Senators' forward Dany Heatley. The game was in his genes, courtesy of his father, Murray, a pro who travelled far and wide to play in the Central Hockey League, the World Hockey Association and in the West German League. In fact, it was when the elder Heatley was in Germany that Dany was born.

Early on, it was clear Dany had skills that would far surpass his father. Prior to taking a full-ride hockey scholarship to the NCAA's University of Wisconsin as an 18-year-old in 1999, Heatley had already been named the Canadian Junior "A" Player of the Year as a star forward for Calgary in the AJHL.

As a freshman during the 1999-00 season at Wisconsin, Heatley would score 28 goals to earn NCAA West Second Team All-American honours. His head-turning performance helped him get selected second overall in the 2000 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, just behind goaltender Rick DiPietro (now with the Islanders). Despite being a top pick, Heatley would return for one more year of college, this time being named an NCAA West First Team All-American.

Heatley exploded onto the NHL scene the following season , scoring 26 goals and adding 41 assists and earning the Calder trophy as the league's top rookie. The following season, he would continue his meteoric rise. He was chosen to play in the All-Star game, where he was named MVP, courtesy of a four-goal effort. He would finish the 2002-03 season with 41 goals and 48 assists, cementing his status as one of the game's brightest young stars.

Tragically, the following September, the young superstar was severely injured as the driver in a horrific single-car accident that also claimed the life of his Atlanta teammate and friend Dan Snydor. Faced with difficult physical and mental rehabilitation, there were questions if Heatley would ever be the same player. There were flashes of his former brilliance at the 2004 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, but it wasn't until he was traded to the Senators prior to the 2005-06 season for Marian Hossa that things really turned around for him.

Now Heatley comes to Turin as one of the players expected to provide plenty of offensive fireworks for Team Canada.


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