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VIDEO: Thrashers Fans At Tailgate Put Dan Snyder Memorial Above 2007 Playoffs

Atlanta Thrashers fans among the couple hundred or so at Saturday's tailgate near Philips Arena presented an assortment of different memories from the franchise's time in Atlanta when I polled them. The only one that came up multiple times, in fact -- and at least three different fans mentioned it -- was the memorial the team held before its 2003 home opener, which included a moment of silence and a bagpipes performance in honor of player Dan Snyder, who'd been killed in a car wreck with teammate Dany Heatley at the wheel.

Here's one Thrashers fan talking about that game against the Columbus Blue Jackets:

Winnipeg, you're going to have to do a good job of remembering Snyder. Though he's not a part of Winnipeg Jets history, you can't tell the story of the Thrashers without remembering the night the team essentially lost both him and Heatley.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.