The new arena in Elmira, Ontario named after the late NHL players opened over the weekend; it was a bittersweet experience for all.
Before his death in a car accident in 2003, Dan Snyder promised his father he'd help out any way possible to bring a new arena to his hometown of Elmira, Ontario.
That promise was on the mind of the Snyder family, as they helped open the 1,500-seat Dan Snyder Memorial Arena this past weekend. Also on hand: Snyder's former team, the Atlanta Thrashers, who took a bus from Buffalo to Elmira in order to practice before a packed house. In addition, the NHL Players' Association and its Goals & Dreams program gave out $10,000 worth of hockey equipment.
Snyder was killed when he was a passenger in a car driven by Atlanta teammate Dany Heatley.
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