Last Updated: September 29, 2008 12:37 PM
Ken Wolff Minor Memories
Dany Heatley of the Ottawa Senators. (Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)The 27-year-old left-winger from Calgary has been one of the Ottawa Senators' biggest threats in the past few seasons. Despite missing 11 games last season due to injury, he still notched 41 goals and 41 assists, for 82 points in the 2007-2008 season.
CBCSports.ca: How did you get into hockey?
Heatley: "My father played hockey (for a pro team in Germany), so I wanted to be like him. Also, growing up in Canada, it just seemed like every kid played hockey, whether it be on a team, street hockey or at the outdoor rink. I loved playing all three."
CBCSports.ca: What was the first game you can remember playing?
Heatley: "Probably a game in novice, with my dad coaching. I remember this one particular game, because I got a penalty shot and scored."
CBCSports.ca: Who was your funniest teammate?
Heatley: "I can't name one guy, but we had a group of friends that played together every year. I'd say all of them, because we always had and continue to have a lot of laughs. We still stay in touch, and we're all good friends to this day."
CBCSports.ca: Where was the most memorable tournament you ever played?
Heatley: "Probably the Minnesota AAA hockey festival in the summer. I played both summers of my atom year for the Southern Alberta Selects. I remember those tournaments being awesome, because we all drove down together from Calgary and had a great time in Minneapolis and St. Paul."
CBCSports.ca: Where was the worst arena you've ever played at?
Heatley: "I can't even remember where it was, but it was in some small town in Alberta. There was no glass around the boards, just chain link fence or chicken wire."
CBCSports.ca: Where was the coldest game of hockey you ever played?
Heatley: "It would have to be one of the nights at the outdoor rink in my neighbourhood in Calgary. You used to go out there and when you blinked, your eye lashes would almost start to freeze to your face."
CBCSports.ca: Who was the most memorable hockey parent you ever met?
Heatley: "We had a lot of funny parents along the way, coming out of Calgary. All great people, but I would say my parents were unbelievable. Supporting me and driving me to games, wherever those games were--I owe them a lot for their sacrifices."
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