chon derry Posted August 25, 2018 Share Posted August 25, 2018 Finding Joe Murphy? Ex-Detroit Red Wings No. 1 overall pick reportedly homeless. thought i'd refresh the title since the topic ended on page 2 . I've read so many different stories on this topic a lot of them negative . my own journey into going as far as I could with hockey ,looking back the first unknowing thing was the sacrifice of my own education which ended in the 10th grade ,and then trying out for a jr.b team which had an affiliation with the regina pats org, long story short , hit the wall 8,9 games in partly because of a mixed jr.b senior A league , so I took a 3 year hiatus until I was old enough to play on a senior A team , by this time the commitment to the game had lowered since the realization of going further wasn't going to happen. which brings me to young guys going JR.A , or college route ,in murphys case he did 1 year with michigan st. so an incomplete education . then theres a 15 year career in a much harder era to play that long in , then theres a marriage which no doubt took a financial toll, and then the successive years after hockey, marriage failure drug abuse steming from pain killers in an attempt to counter who knows what kind pain that involves from the brain injury , bottom line some of these guys cant handle the income and the fame that comes along with it, and then boom its all done, the marriage, the game, the commitment to the game gone ,but the drug abuse continues ,and no real plan at the end of it short of being a family man raising your child with your partner ,which for him de-railed through complications from a injury sustained from his commitment to the "the game" for me its not that hard to understand the "being on top of the world"to having it ALL crumble in on you, and no doubt feeling alienated by everything/everybody that you knew and trusted would be there. and weren't. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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