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Brophy in Hospital for 2-3 Weeks

June 27, 2000

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) _ John Brophy, the former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is expected to stay in the hospital two to three weeks following a head injury and broken leg in a car crash last weekend.

The 66-year-old coach was operated on Sunday and is in the intensive care unit at Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. His condition was upgraded Tuesday to serious from critical.

The hospital said Brophy also sustained facial lacerations in the accident. Details on the head injury were not disclosed.

Brophy lost control of his car about an hour before sunrise near New Glasgow, about 100 miles from Halifax. He was the only one in the car.

Police said they think the car struck a culvert at a crossroad. Weather and road conditions were ideal at the time as he was driving Halifax International Airport.

Brophy now coaches the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League. He coached the American Hockey League’s Nova Scotia Voyageurs from 1982 to 1984 and was hired to coach the Maple Leafs in 1986.

He was fired in his third season behind the Toronto bench and later joined the Admirals, whom he guided to three league titles.

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