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Heatleys agony, miraculous recovery and golden finish - iihf.com

Dany Heatley began the 2003-04 season by attending the funeral of a friend who was passenger in a car
he slammed into a wall. After making a miraculous recovery -- physically and emotionally -- Heatley ended his
season doing something no one has ever done in an IIHF World Championship history: he won the gold medal,
led the tournament in goals and scoring points, was named tournament MVP, earned a Directorate Best Forward
Award, and was named to the Championship All-Star team.

There were several key moments for Canada during the championship to which Heatley brought inspired play
and timely scoring. For example, in the teams first game, it was Heatley who scored the tying goal in a sluggish
2-2 tie with Austria to avoid losing to the skiing nation for the first time ever. He scored two goals in Canadas
3-1 win over Switzerland, and against Germany, the toughest test of the Preliminary Round, he scored two goals
and an assist in the first period to get Canada on the road to a 6-1 victory.

In the quarter-final against Finland, Heatley scored a goal and an assist to bring Canada back into a game
it trailed 2-0 and 3-1, and in overtime he blew a wicked slapshot over the shoulder of Mika Noronen to give
Canada a thrilling extra-period 5-4 win and advance the team to the semi-final.

In the gold-medal game, Heatley took a brilliant lob pass from Scott Niedermayer and scored to bring Canada to
3-2 against Sweden, and in the first minute of the third period he set up the tying goal by Jay Bouwmeester. It
was another dominating game for Heater, who raised the level of his game at exactly the moment when
Canada needed it the most. Five honours for Heatley in Prague -- a world champion if ever there was one.

ANDREW PODNIEKS
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