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10-10-2003, 06:38 PM
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Originally Posted by jeffbrown
This is obviously a sensitive topic, but I think it was a combination of things that a moment of silence wasn't observed:

1. Lyashenko committed suicide several months ago
2. He was not a full-time NHL'er (would you argue that the NHL rinks should have done the same for Jordin Tootoo's brother Terence?)

And Snyder wasn't a full time NHLer either, just 49 games total IIRC.

I suspect you are right about the 2nd point (timing), but I also think it has as much or more to do with who was driving the car. If Snyder had have crashed back in June with no one else around, then it would have raised a ripple outside of Atlanta.

If Heatley and Lyashenko had been depressed (and severe depression is a mental illness) and killed themselves 2 weeks ago I'm sure we'd be seeing the same sort of ceremonies.

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