For those of you who aren't familiar with the story it is here: http://nhl.com/onthefly/news/2003/10/153904.html I feel very sorry for the family of Dan Snyder and all his friends/teammates, but what I wanted to discuss was Danny Heatley's future. I've heard several people express their opinions on what an appropriate punishment should be, and many people seem to think Heatley should spend a significant time in prison. I am strongly opposed to this. While Heatley was very irresponsible, I do not think sending him to jail would achieve anything. I think some people have lost sight of why people are sent to jail. Danny Heatley is not a dangerous person that needs to be locked up, and prison is certainly not going to "rehabilitate" him. Even though I am sure the guilt he is experiencing now is worse than anything the law could do to him, he does still need to be punished. However, the punishment should be related to the crime. For starters, it would be appropriate if his drivers licence were suspended for a number of years. Second, since he is a professional athlete, and a superstar in the NHL, he is a role model for many young people across the continent. Given this position, if Heatley, as part of his sentence, were to travel around Canada and the USA to talk to high school kids about his experience I think that would be very worthwhile. I know, most kids probably wouldn't listen, but around here we've had a number of fatal car accidents involving teenagers in the past few months, and if a few of these type of accidents can be prevented, then at least something good may have come out of Dan Snyder's untimely death. What are your opinions?