Former Detroit Red Wing Bob Probert Dies While Boating With Family

July 5th, 2010 by Warren Shaw Leave a reply »
The Associated Press reported today that retired Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks forward Bob Probert died after experiencing chest pains while boating with his family in Windsor, Ontario.

Probert was a fan favorite with both Detroit and Chicago. His style of play was a throwback to a previous era where players were considerably tougher than they are today.

Probert was not considered a goon because he would often display better than average offensive productivity. Fellow combatant Wendell Clark told the Canadian Press : "Bob was a guy that started as a strictly tough guy but made himself a player."

Detroit fans were always big supporters of Probert, even after it was disclosed that he had some early drug and alcohol problems. He was charged several times with driving under the influence while playing for Detroit. He also was caught trying to transport cocaine from Canada into the U.S. in 1989 and served a six-month federal prison sentence. Despite his off-ice problems, Probert was often the victor in on-ice battles with major league heavyweights such as Donald Brashear, Wendell Clark, Tie Domi and George Larocque, as well many other& ...

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