Heatley to be arraigned two days before camp
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.
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