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I vividly remember the first Adirondack Red Wing game I ever attended, a game in the fall of 1988 when I was a student at Castleton.

The Glens Falls Civic Center was packed and rocking, and a prospect by a name of Joe Murphy stood out that night, scoring a goal and assisting on at least one other. He spent a few years in Glens Falls, and was a fan favorite on the 1988-89 Calder Cup team.

He went on to play more than a decade in the NHL in what was a solid career.

Unfortunately, post-hockey life has not gone as well for Murphy, who was the subject of a sad article in the Detroit Free Press this week that exposed how he has become homeless despite making millions of dollars during his career.

It's hard to conclude that years of pounding on the ice haven't played a part in the apparent mental illness has befallen Murphy.

No matter the reasons, it's shocking to read about what has befallen a guy we watched in his glory, and who may be ill and on the streets because of his efforts on the ice before us.

-- Don Lehman

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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