As the student-radio voice of Boston College hockey in the late 1970s, I watched Joey Mullen dominate eastern college hockey. Lacking the grace of an accomplished skater, he seemed to defy the laws of physics as he flew over the ice, scoring more often from a horizontal position than from a vertical one. At a school that is building a reputation for explosive small athletes ( Doug Flutie, Michael Adams), the 5'9" Mullen was instant excitement whenever he was on the ice.
Joey's 110 points during this regular season for the Flames were the most ever in the NHL by a U.S.-born player, and his 51 goals made him the third U.S.-born player to score 50 or more goals in a season. Bobby Carpenter, who was born in Beverly, Mass., scored 53 goals for the Capitals in 1984-85, and in 1987-88, Jimmy Carson of Southfield, Mich., scored 55 for the Kings.
RICHARD A. RAPP
Kiesling wrote, "The Mullens have never been fighters, on or off the ice." That would have been an excellent opportunity to mention that in 1986-87, Joey was awarded the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship.
CAMERAS ON THE COACH
John Feinstein is right to complain about the inordinate adulation of college basketball coaches by the media, especially by the broadcast media (POINT AFTER, April 10). However, Feinstein deals with what is only one manifestation of a larger problem, namely, that coaches have taken over the game.
How often have we seen the last minute or so of a game take 10 or 15 minutes to play because coaches are allowed to call repeated timeouts? Given this Svengali-like control over the players, is it any wonder that television announcers go on and on about the coaches' supposed genius?
I suggest limiting each team to one full timeout and one 20-second timeout during the last two minutes of a game. This would not only restore the game to its natural rhythm but also return it to the players. We might even see the return of the classic floor general, the player who takes charge and directs his team without interference from the coach.
KENNETH R. SCHMEICHEL
How interesting that Feinstein laments the attention given to basketball coaches by the media. Isn't this the same John Feinstein who reaped the financial rewards of writing a best-selling book (A Season on the Brink) about—of all things—a basketball coach ( Indiana's Bob Knight)?
You've got gall, Feinstein, by the basketful.
RICHARD R. BIER
After reading your March 13 article (Born To Serve) on Andre Agassi and his entourage, I feel compelled to present a different image of this young tennis player. While competing in a tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., just after your story appeared, Andre and his brother, Phil; his manager, Bill Shelton; and his coach, Nick Bollettieri, spent several hours with 135 members of the Boys Club of Coachella Valley, of which I am executive director. Coach Bollettieri gave an outstanding talk to the youngsters about how to get more out of their lives, and Andre responded to questions and autographed posters, T-shirts and other items (below) for the boys. When arrangements were being made for this visit, I asked Phil if he wanted me to contact the media. His response was, "No, we want to do this for the kids."