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After career year Heatley wants more

Wednesday, 07.12.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10