Dany Heatley will make his season debut Wednesday night against St. Louis. Heatley missed the first 51 games of the season recovering from injuries suffered in a car accident in the pre season, the crash took the life of team mate Dan Snyder.
His return is ahead of schedule, as he seems to have been able to heal quicker than everyone expected. Most had not expected him back into the Thrashers lineup til the end of February or even the start of March. A broken jaw and torn knee ligaments have been repaired and he's anxious to get back on the ice and just concentrate on hockey.
Still up in the air is his legal status. Georgia officials are still trying to determine whether he should be charged in the death of Snyder. Tests showed that he had a small amount of alcohol in his system, but not enough to be considered impaired. Snyder's family have forgiven Heatley and are hoping the District Attorney chooses not to prosecute. It's not known when the authorities will make their final decision, they are still investigating evidence and aren't giving any indications one way or another.
For Heatley right now the best thing is to get back on the ice, that's where he feels he'll be able to get on with his life. Not forgetting, but learning how to deal with a bad choice made on a September night.