Work in Sports
Q&A with Dany Heatley
Posted: Saturday June 24, 2000 08:40 PM
Dany Heatley , 19, went second overall to the Atlanta Thrashers. A 6-1, 200-pound left winger, Heatley played at the University of Wisconsin for assistant coach Mark Johnson , son of legendary Badgers' coach Bob Johnson . Coincidentally, the senior Johnson recruited Dany's father, Murray, to play in Madison some 30 years previously. Born in Germany, where his father was playing professionally in Europe, Heatley is considered a pure goalscorer, with enough size to play in traffic.
Q: Why opt to play U.S. college rather than major junior last year?
Q: How did you like playing for Mark Johnson after your dad played for his dad?
Q: How do you feel about playing in the NHL right away as opposed to returning for your sophomore year? Some players -- Paul Kariya comes to mind -- benefited greatly from postponing a pro career for a year.
Q: So where are you at with the Thrashers? Will you turn pro right away.
Q: What's been the biggest change in your game over the past 12 months?