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RED WINGS OFFICIAL DEFENDS NO-STROBE POLICY
Published May 10, 1995
Red Wings VP Atanas Ilitch said it was his decision to pull the plug on the strobe lights before Game 1 of the team's opening playoff series after complaints from players and fans, according to this morning's DETROIT FREE PRESS. The decision resulted in a Sports Illustrated photographer being unable to shoot Red Wings star Paul Coffey for the magazine's cover. The cover -- and the story -- were subsequently pulled by SI Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy. Ilitch: "The lights weren't focused perfectly in the right directions. We talked to our coaching staff and with (goalie) Mike Vernon. It's one of those jump balls. It was a difficult decision. ... We love all our media partners, but as you can appreciate, we're trying to win the Stanley Cup." The lights will be working tonight. But another team exec was "outraged": "That's a decision that affects all of us in this league, and to have something like that cost us a chance to reach 23 million readers, something's wrong" (Gave & Bernstein, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/10).