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R.I.P Bob Probert

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/05/bob-probert-dead-died-at-_n_635724.html

 

DETROIT — Retired hockey enforcer Bob Probert, as adept with his fists as with a stick in a 16-season career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, died Monday after suffering chest pains while boating with his family. He was 45.

 

"Bob lost the fight of his life this afternoon," said Probert's father-in-law, Dan Parkinson, a police officer who performed CPR before Probert was rushed to Ontario's Windsor Regional Medical Center.

 

Probert was on a boat in Lake St. Clair with his wife, children and in-laws when he "developed severe chest pains" Monday, family friend Rich Rogow told a Monday evening news conference at the medical center.

 

"This is a tragedy for the family," Parkinson said. "We ask that you respect their privacy at this time."

 

Probert, who struggled to overcome drinking problems during his time in the NHL, played for the Red Wings in 1985-1994 and for the Blackhawks in 1995-2002.

 

"Bob was a part of our very first NHL Draft class that also included Steve Yzerman, Joe Kocur, Petr Klima and Stu Grimson," Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch said in a statement. "Bob was always there for his teammates and was one of the toughest men to ever play in the NHL.

 

"He also was one of the kindest, most colorful, and beloved players Detroit has ever known."

 

Blackhawks president John McDonough said the organziation's "thoughts and prayers are with the entire Probert family."

 

"Bob will always be a member of the Blackhawks family and his memory will live on through our fans," McDonough said in a statement.

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The Windsor native had 384 points (163 goals, 221 assists) in 935 career regular-season games with Detroit and Chicago. His 3,300 career penalty minutes rank sixth in NHL history.

 

"Bob was a guy that started as a strictly tough guy but made himself a player," former Toronto maple Leafs enforcer Wendel Clark told Canadian Press. "Off the ice, everything was a whole different story. He was one of the good guys and he'd do anything for anybody."

 

Probert was charged several times with driving under the influence while playing for Detroit. He also was caught trying to carry cocaine from Canada into the U.S. in 1989 and served a six-month federal prison sentence.

 

The Blackhawks honored Probert with a Bob Probert Heritage Night on Feb. 22, 2009, at the United Center, and he dropped the ceremonial puck before Game 3 of the 2009 Western Conference Final between Detroit and Chicago.

 

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R.I.P to one of the greatest goons of hockey. May he get 5 mins in the box for knocking out Jesus!

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oh shit! RIPOWER PLAY!!!

this guy was not even that old... i saw him play on several occasions... too bad

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RIP PROBERT

 

old hockey fights were the best.

 

heres a awesome fight posted in the NHL thread

 

 

anyone who even remotely knows a thing about hockey should respect old fights.

you can't see it in the footage, but after that fight they touch heads.

and back then the refs like shit slide till they got tired out, i mean look.. McSorley goes knees down at one point and a ref today would quickly stop a fight if that happened.

i miss old hockey fights, both players had respect for each other.

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I don't watch a lot of hockey, except for Playoffs.

 

I just think it's funny how the commentators are calling the fight, like a boxing match. Never heard that before lol.

 

RIP

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anyone ever go to the "penatly box", which is now the "box" but back in the day when the RI REDS use to play next door which is now a parking lot for hospital.Use to be quite the group of people in there, now nothing more than fat chicks and kareoke nights. the wings are good.

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i think they came under new ownership, and they changed the name.

i dont know why, that's a landmark spot for anyone who knows anything about hockey in rhode island.

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Some of the best NHL fights included Probert, he was a legend.

RIP Probert.

 

Drugs are bad, mkay.

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The best Pro vs Domi fight ever.

 

Probert vs Domi, Red Wings at Rangers Feb 9, 1992

(Bob Probert vs Tie Domi, Steve Chiasson vs Joe Cirella and Gerard Gallant vs Paul Broten from the Red Wings at Rangers game on Feb 9, 1992)

 

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see thats the way hockey should still be.

 

refs are cutting in too much now a days, if someones knee hits the ground its over.

and no one clears the bench anymore, on rare occasion is there more then 1 fight at a time.

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say it aint so!

 

45 is way to young, even for a cocaine addicted alcoholic on skates with a curved weapon branded sherwood in one hand and a beaten up hooker in the other.

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