But Snyder and Heatley, the driver of the Ferrari, became the best of friends and will be forever intertwined in history. As much as this is Dan Snyder's story and the Snyder family's story, this is also very much Dany Heatley's story.
Somehow he survived the crash with a broken jaw, a minor concussion, a bruised lung, bruised kidney, and three torn ligaments in his right knee, but every day of his life he has to live knowing his mistake took the life of his best friend. Manasso does a good job of trying to tie the stories of Snyder and Heatley together. He had no easy job in doing that either, as Heatley declined to participate in the book's creation, never even answering Manasso's requests for interviews.
Of course, at the time Heatley faced lengthy legal battles, and he was advised to say nothing at all to the media by his lawyers. After establishing the characters and their great bond, the book returns us to the hospital where Snyder fights for his life but ultimately can not hold on. The funeral is held back in Elmira, Ontario, a tiny Mennonite community that is greatly shaken by their hero's death.
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The final several chapters, which represents the bulk of the book, turns to the story of the community's healing process, and of course especially that of the Snyder family. The Snyders were quick to publicly forgive Heatley, something that surprised many people.
They did not just publicly support him, they brought him into their home and they helped each other heal together. I'll admit, the chapters about healing and forgiveness and justice were a bit laborious, but that is completely my fault, not Manasso's. It goes back to my feelings that prevented me from reading this book for three years. Even when I read it I could not understand I did not want to understand?
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Perhaps this is because I do not want to ever find myself in their position. I don't want to relate to them. Because of my own misgivings I was not able to invest my full emotions into this book, making it at times a tough read. I almost want to apologize to Manasso because he did an absolutely fantastic job authoring this book, but I am not yet fully able to appreciate all that it is worth. I think the thing I may take away from this book the most is the quote by Snyder's junior teammate Ryan "Sticks" Christie.
What a comforting thought to carry with us through not only loss, but how we approach every day we live. The Dan Snyder story is a sad one.
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Posted by Joe Pelletier at Newer Post Older Post Home. Subscribe to: Post Comments Atom. Heatley returned to the Thrashers to play 31 games of the season. But reminders of Snyder surrounded him, giving him no peace. While the NHL muddled through a labor dispute and canceled the season, Heatley played in Switzerland and Russia and pondered his future.
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He asked the Thrashers to trade him and they reluctantly complied, sending him to Ottawa for Marian Hossa and Greg deVries. And great people to be around. He has seen the Snyders a few times this season and remains in contact with them.
A prime fundraiser is the golf tournament planned for this summer in Elmira. Heatley will surely have many great days ahead of him. Helene Elliott can be reached at helene. To read previous columns by Elliott, go to latimes. About Us.
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