During the spring of 2010, while playing in a different league, Dennis crashed feet-first into the boards at South Suburban Ice Arena. He shattered his ankle in many places, resulting in a surgery to reconstruct the area.
During that surgery Dennis contracted an infection, and has since undergone two other procedures. The problem still persists, and in February he endured yet one more operation, which will keep him on crutches for an extended length of time. The doctor who performed the surgery was encouraged by the healthiness of the bone in his leg, and has very high hopes for recovery. The rehabilitation process will be long and formidable, but if anyone is up to the task, it’s Dennis Heaton.
Update: Dennis has recovered from his injuries and at of the beginning of 2013, he climbed Mt. Sherman.