World Championship Flashback: Dany Heatley
more than two dozen former collegians slated to participate in the
2005 IIHF World Championship, our former college hockey heroes will
be trying to make memories on one of the sport's biggest stages.
With that in mind, Inside College Hockey takes this opportunity
to reflect on some of those players' memorable college moments.
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people asked me to reflect on Dany Heatley, my thoughts immediately
go back to the first time I saw him play. Everyone in hockey had
talked about him so I was familiar with Dany and knew his dad, Murray
quite well, when my assistant coach Pat Ford and I drove to Olds,
Alberta, north of Calgary. The game was tied, 3-3, going into the
third period and five minutes later, Heatley had two goals, was
the most dominant player on the ice and his team was in control
of the game.
I turned to
Pat and said, "Boy, I'm glad he's coming to Wisconsin and not
As his coach
I remember his work ethic –
not just in games, but how he was the last one off the ice in practice
and I remember his confidence. He wasn't cocky, but he was as confident
as any 18-year-old I've coached and such a good kid.
In one of his
first meeting with me on campus, I asked Dany what number he wanted
to wear. He said "44" I told him I really didn't like
Wisconsin players wearing those high numbers and I asked him why
he picked 44. "Well,'' he said, "that's the number of
goals I'm going to score this year.''
28 goals as a freshman, so he could back up the confidence and big
As to my favorite
goal? It came against North Dakota in front of a packed house at
the Kohl Center. He turned a defenseman, actually a forward playing
defense, inside out with a move that brought everyone out of their
chairs. It was a big goal in a big game and that is what Dany is
all about –
a big-time player.
who coached countless NHL stars at Wisconsin, writes a column for
Inside College Hockey called The
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