It was all excitement today. The fans were loud. We've got great fans who have supported me and have supported us through this whole thing. It was more excitement than anything at the start of the game.
"Daniel James Heatley" is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger (ice hockey)/winger who is currently playing with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). Originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers second overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top NHL rookie in 2001–02 NHL season/2002. However, after being responsible for a car accident in September 2003 that killed teammate and close friend Dan Snyder, he requested a trade and was subsequently dealt to the Ottawa Senators.
One of the Senators' perennial leading scorers during his tenure with Ottawa, Heatley set franchise records for single-season goals (50), which he achieved in back to back seasons in 2005–06 NHL season/2005-2006 and 2006–07 NHL season/2006-2007, and points (105), during the 2006–07 NHL season/2006-2007 season. He played on the left wing with line mates Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson. The line was consistently among the highest scoring in the NHL after its formation in the 2005–06 NHL season/2005-2006 season, with the trio combining for a total of 296 points that season.More Dany Heatley on Wikipedia.
They are the Stanley Cup champions, you want to beat them.
We're not intimidated by them. We're out to get as many points against them as possible.
With the year off, I think most guys were excited to get going, but coming to Ottawa, a new place, made me even more excited.
[Snyder] was a great guy and the perfect teammate. He's a guy that you look at and play with you just respect he worked so hard -- harder than anybody -- and that's what I take most from him.
If they call all the stuff, like they say they're going to, I think it'll open it up.
Requesting a change of environment was an extremely difficult decision. After a tremendous amount of reflection and numerous conversations with my family, it made the most sense to seek a change.
That was a crazy play.