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Achievement Highlights

* Was signed to the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent in 1999
* Played for the Owen Sound Platers


 
Dan Snyder
Sports

1978-2003

When Dan Snyder and his fellow Atlanta Thrashers teammate Dany Heatley were in a devastating car crash in 2003, Danís face appeared in newspapers across North America.

Both players were ejected from the car and Dan was sent to the hospital for emergency surgery. He died six days later.

But Dan should be remembered for so much more than his sudden and tragic death. Born in Elmira, Dan worked hard to become an NHL-calibre hockey player.

In 1994, he was selected to play on the Elmira Sugar Kings, but struggled to keep up with other members of the team early in the season. After being warned he may lose his spot on the team if he didnít get better, Danís skill level dramatically improved. By the end of the season, he was named the Sugar Kingsí rookie of the year.

The following year, he played for the Owen Sound Platers and stayed there for three more seasons, two as captain.

Dan was not drafted to the NHL, but was signed to the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent in 1999. He played in the minor leagues (for the International Hockey League team the Orlando Solar Bears and then the American Hockey League team the Chicago Wolves) before being called up to the NHL during the 2001-2002 season.

During the 2002-2003 season with the Atlanta Thrashers, Dan scored 10 goals and four assists in 36 games. Just before the start of the 2003-2004 season, Danís career Ė and life Ė were cut short after his fatal car accident.

Following his death, the Atlanta Thrashers created the annual Dan Snyder Memorial Award for the player who ďbest embodies perseverance, dedication, and hard work without reward or recognition, so that his team and teammates might succeed.Ē

In 2009, Danís hometown of Elmira opened the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in his honour.