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by Paul on 11/29/10 at 05:08 PM ET
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
Heatley’s return to Ottawa this week marks the first time the San Jose Sharks have paid a visit to Scotiabank Place since the blockbuster trade between the two teams in September 2009. Senators fans circled the December 2nd date on the calendar when the NHL schedule was released in June, giving them a chance to voice their displeasure towards Heatley. The winger admits that he also looked at the date this summer and knows that he will be the target of the fans’ wrath on Thursday night.
“Obviously, I looked at that date for sure. There’s going to be some booing and things going on. But that’s fans and that’s hockey. People pay a lot of money to go to games and that’s fine,” said Heatley.
Heatley is also certain to face some pointed and direct questions from the Ottawa media, whom he has not seen since he was traded on the opening day of the 2009 training camp.
While some suggest that Heatley will avoid the media spotlight in Ottawa, he promises to make himself accessible to answer any questions.
“I’m not going to be frosty. I’m going to come in and answer questions,” he said. “That’s my job as a player and then I’ll go about my business and play the game. We’ll leave it up to the media in Ottawa to see how they are.”
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