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October 2, 1987

October 2, 1987

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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Rare Blood Disorder Forces Quinn To Retire

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—The decision was so simple, yet so difficult for David Quinn. The decision was to retire from hockey at age 21—after only three seasons at Boston University and before the defenseman had ever played so much as a single Olympic or NHL game. It was so simple because medical specialists gave Quinn, the North Stars’ first-round pick in the 1984 draft, little option. Either he quit playing hockey, or Christmas disease, a rare blood disorder, could kill him. It was difficult because hockey is what he has always known. “It’s been pretty hard because my life has taken such a dramatic turn in such a short time,” said Quinn, who is starting his senior year at BU. The road to retirement began with a seemingly simple sprained ankle suffered while playing basketball in early…

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Future Looks Bleak For Bad-Backed Bossu

UNIONDALE, N.Y.—Unless a miracle cure for bad backs is found, the Boss is about to get the gold watch. Since his back troubles began a year ago, Mike Bossy had seen—by his count—eight doctors, a chiropractor and an acupuncturist. He had received calls and letters from faith healers, too many to count. And still he sat, unable to play. The 30-year-old superstar had not skated since May 2, the night the Islanders were eliminated from the playoffs. He wasn’t training off the ice, either. He couldn’t. “If it bothered me only when I played hockey, I’d stop playing hockey and that’d be it,” Bossy said. “But it bothers me when I’m washing my car, it bothers me to bend down, and to take the garbage out.” Bossy said he doesn’t want to stop playing hockey.…

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One Year Later, Murphy Makes Red Wings

DETROIT—Firefighters are hockey fans, too, Detroit Red Wing broadcaster Bruce Martyn found out when his house burned down last spring. As Martyn stood outside and watched firefighters battle the flames, one walked up to him and said, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?” Martyn figured it had something to do with the wiring or some other possible cause of the fire. “Go ahead,” the broacaster responded. Came the question: “Do you think Joe Murphy’s going to make it with the Red Wings this season?” Murphy’s future has been perhaps the most prominent question at the Wings’ training camp this season. Will he be as good as he was touted when the Wings made him the No. 1 player selected in the 1986 entry draft? Better, coach Jacques Demers insisted. “He’s everything, and then some,”…

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Whalers’ Francis & Francis Show Set To Go

HARTFORD—When Hartford’s two Francises get together, the rest of the NHL had better beware. Whaler general manager Emile Francis and his star center, Ron Francis, have agreed on a new contract for the six-year NHL veteran. “I’m really pleased.” said Ron Francis, who signed for about $1.1 million over four years. “It’s been my intention to play in Hartford from the start. I never want to leave here.” The center’s contract, which carries three years plus an option, makes him the second-highest paid player on the Hartford Whalers behind goaltender Mike Liut. Liut was still in the process of negotiating a new deal. Only Liut, defenseman Joel Quenneville and forward John Anderson remained unsigned, but GM Francis said it’s “only a matter of crossing some t’s and dotting some i’s.” At 24, Ron Francis is…