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After career year Heatley wants more

Wednesday, 12.07.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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After career year Heatley wants more
Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley became the first player in team history to score 50 goals in a season in 2005-06.

by Todd Anderson

While Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley is coming off a career season with 50 goals, the most in Senators' history, and 103 points, which tied him for the team record with captain Daniel Alfredsson, the gifted young winger is working on getting even better.

"There will always be a bit of a push to get stronger," Heatley said from his Kelowna home in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley. "I'm working on my leg quickness and strength. You want to work at being a step quicker than the year before."

In between training sessions this summer, Heatley has also had time to relax and visit friends. Heatley visited Madison, Wis., where he played college hockey with the Wisconsin University Badgers, for a few weeks and has played in a couple of weekend golf tournaments as well. He has also enjoyed boating around his home in Kelowna.

Perhaps no one was happier than Heatley when it was announced that Jason Spezza signed a new multi-year contract with the Senators on July 3. It was Spezza - a gifted passer who finished second in the NHL with 71 assists last season despite playing in just 68 games - who played a big part in Heatley's first 50-goal campaign in 2005-06.

"He's a great player, a great passer," Heatley said. "I'm more of a shooter. When we were put together, we clicked pretty quickly."

Looking back over the season, Heatley appreciates his welcome to Ottawa.

"It's a special thing to play in Canada. I grew up here, and you know how crazy people can get, how much they love the game. We played in front of a packed house every night. We had a lot of great nights, and it was fun."

In a season full of highlights, Heatley said having success against the Senators' biggest rival stood out the most for him personally.

"The games against Toronto, we played very well. I think the fans enjoyed those games."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
2 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 33 19 11 3 114 98 41
5 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
8 BUF 33 13 18 2 63 105 28

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 33 7 16 -14 23
K. Turris 33 7 16 -8 23
B. Ryan 30 7 14 4 21
M. Zibanejad 31 9 8 0 17
C. MacArthur 32 9 8 -6 17
M. Hoffman 30 10 6 13 16
M. Stone 31 8 8 5 16
A. Chiasson 30 7 8 -6 15
D. Legwand 33 6 8 -6 14
M. Michalek 29 3 6 -7 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 8 8 4 .930 2.43
R. Lehner 6 5 2 .909 2.93