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A Season of Loss, a Lifetime of Forgiveness: The Dan Snyder and Dany Heatley Story Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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Manasso does a fantastic job delving into the relationship between Snyder and Heatley and investigates why this on-the- surface "odd couple" (one was a star whose skill allowed him to be handed everything and the other was a mucker who needed every bit of Moxie to achieve his dream) became such best friend and how every twist and turn of their lives brought the two together.
If you don't feel touched by the way Manasso describes the fateful events and the grief and sorrow that it brings on to households as well as a National Hockey League franchise, then you are without a soul.
The story is good in its details and facts. Doctors have trouble identifying Heatley and Snyder, not because of the accident, but because both men's driver's licenses and some money had been stolen at the hospital. Teammates come to the hospital in support of the players. Limited hope exists that Snyder would recover; he does not. The writer relates interviews with family, friends, and members of Snyder's home town. One chapter is devoted to the memorial service in Elmira.
The legal proceedings took an extended time for resolution. The writer takes a wayward attempt to link the accident with the Ray Lewis stabbing affair which occurred in Atlanta on January 31, 2000 along the lines of how the District Attorney handled the case. I had trouble relating the auto accident which happened after 10:00 p.m. and did not involve alcohol with the stabbing deaths which occurred at 4:00 a.m. outside of a bar.
The main focus is on the Snyder family and how the family members deal with the death, with Dany Heatley, with the media, and with other families facing similar tragedy.
It is not a "feel good" story, but it is a story that makes you think about how people deal with tragedy. You get to know a little about Dan and Dany and come away from the book thinking about their stories. Although parts of the book do loosely follow the Thrashers during the season, you do not have to be a hockey fan to read this and get value from it.
This remarkable story shows how the Snyder family were quickly able to forgive Heatley and testify their wishes that a custodial sentence was not what they would want for Heatley. They wanted him to pursue his NHL career and not end up being deported from the US. The book gives a generous account of Snyder's early hockey days, his huge popularity with practically everyone he met and the shock of the accident. We also find out how the Snyders, the Thrashers and Heatley coped with the tragedy, the goodwill messages and gestures from hockey fans all over North America, the indictment and the final judge's decision the punishment Heatley must face.
You may shed a tear or two through this. Well worth a read. The Snyder family are a fantastic example for many to follow.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome job, telling the Heatley, Snyder stories. Good dudes, bad circumstances.Published 14 months ago by Luke
An amazing story of how a tragedy involving two friends brought out the best in a family who suffered the ultimate loss. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kelli
As a native Atlantan and hockey fan, this book is an eloquent account of not only the life and death of a very gifted athlete and leader of the Atlanta Thrashers, but of the loss... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Matthew Gerig
The book arrived in an extremely timely fashion and in perfect condition. The overall speed was fantastic!!Published on September 24, 2009 by Lindsey Kataskas
For those who were exposed only to the negative news stories of this event, and formed an opinion about the incident based on those stories, this book is must-read! Read morePublished on May 31, 2007 by Karen F. Cox