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Heatley to be arraigned two days before camp

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Dany Heatley will be
arraigned next month on vehicular homicide charges in the July 2003
crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder.

The 2002 Calder Trophy winner, after hearing all six charges
against him, will enter his plea in Superior Court on Sept. 16, two
days before the Thrashers are scheduled to open training camp.

Heatley, 23, was driving his black 2002 Ferrari, with Snyder in
the passenger seat, when it ran into a brick pillar and iron fence
outside an Atlanta condominium on Sept. 29.

Authorities estimated the car was traveling between 60 and 90
mph in a 35 mph zone.

Snyder suffered massive brain injuries,
never regained consciousness and died six days later. He was
25.

Tests showed that Heatley's blood-alcohol level was well below
the legal limit, and Snyder's family has supported Heatley
throughout the ordeal.

Heatley suffered a broken jaw and torn ligaments in his right
knee in the accident.

If convicted, Heatley faces up to 20 years in prison and fines
totaling $5,000.

The 23-year-old did not return to the
lineup until January 28 and totaled 13 goals and 12 assists in
31 games.

Heatley is expected to participate in the World Cup of Hockey as
a member of Team Canada. Training camp begins Aug. 20 in Ottawa,
with the tournament running through Sept. 14.

Once one of the NHL's emerging stars, Heatley burst on the scene
in February 2003 when he tied a record with four goals in the
All-Star Game, winning MVP honors.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2000 draft, Heatley was ninth in
the league in scoring in 2002-03 with 41 goals and 48 assists in
77 games.

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.