Just 20 years old, David Quinn lay in a hospital bed, his entire life about to change. He awoke in a panic.

“I remember him telling me that he woke up in the middle of the night and he thought that he had peed in his bed,” said former Boston University assistant coach Ben Smith, who had recruited the standout defenseman to the Terriers just two years earlier. “He was actually surrounded by his own blood. It was at that time they started wondering, ‘What the hell is going on with this kid?’”

There had always been signs something wasn’t right .

“He had kind of a quirky situation going on,” said former BU head coach Jack Parker. “He was a big, strong, great skater, a solid defenseman, but he was injured a lot. He would get bumped. Stuff that wouldn’t develop into big injuries for somebody else would keep him out of the lineup here or there. It really handicapped his development for a little while.

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