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SI CLIPS RED WINGS COVER OVER LIGHTING ISSUE
Published May 9, 1995
Photographers at Sunday's Red Wings playoff opener at Joe Louis Arena "had the plug pulled" on their strobe lights, with one result being that a Sports Illustrated photographer was not able to get a quality color shot of Red Wings star Paul Coffey for the magazine's cover. Without the photos, SI Managing Editor Mark Mulvoy not only took Coffey off the cover, he pulled the whole story. Mulvoy, who sent a "pointed letter" to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, told the AP: "This was the perfect time for a hockey cover. This is the type of shortsighted thinking that pervaded the league during the John Ziegler years. I'm sure Bettman will fix it. But for now, it's unfortunate." A league source said the problem will be fixed and that the league was "not happy" to hear that it caused them to lose the SI cover (Viv Bernstein, DETROIT FREE PRESS, 5/9).