FAYETTEVILLE — Something was wrong with Brian Mullen.
The professional hockey player didn’t feel right that August day in 1993. His keys unusually fell out of his hands several times. He was stumbling around, too, for unknown reasons. And he had trouble speaking, slurring his words.
Mullen, who was playing in the NHL for the New York Islanders, was in his early 30s. He was in great shape, preparing for his 12th season in the league. So he wasn’t exactly expecting what doctors eventually told him.