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Snyder's death brings teammates closer

The Thrashers thought they'd lost Dan Snyder forever. But he's brought his teammates closer than ever.

Updated: December 23, 2003, 10:13 PM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: This article appears in the ESPN 100 in the January 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Dan Snyder's mother walked to the end of the long hallway and looked inside the last room on the right. Dany Heatley was lying in bed, waiting. His feet hung awkwardly over the end rail. So tall, she thought. Snyder's mother, a nurse, noticed Heatley's pale face, his dark eyes trying not to cry. She sat down on the bed and took his hand, wide and heavy like her son's. Dany Heatley squeezed, ...

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