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A Sad Day For Hockey….

The hockey world lost a legendary tough guy this afternoon, as Windsor’s CKLW AM800 is reporting that former Detroit Red Wing and Chicago Blackhawk Bob Probert has passed away. Probert, 45, collapsed while boating on Lake St. Clair this afternoon, and was pronounced dead at a Windsor area hospital after attempts by EMT and fire to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful.

Windsor, Ontario native Probert was drafted 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the same 1983 entry draft that produced fellow “Bruise Brother” Joe Kocur and Steve Yzerman. A Campbell conference all-star in the 87-88 season, winger Probert amassed a franchise record 398 penalty minutes and established himself as one of the league’s premier enforcers, in addition to scoring a third-best 62 points. His twelve years with the Red Wings were clouded with frequent legal battles involving his struggle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led the franchise to refrain from offering him a contract in 1994.

Probert was picked up during free agency by the Blackhawks, and went on to play seven seasons in Chicago, continuing to provide the physical on-ice presence he had become known for. Placed on waivers after the 01-02 season, Probert joined the Hawks radio broadcast team, before officially announcing his retirement after the 02-03 season. In his retirement, Probert was active with both the Red Wings and NHL alumni associations, playing in charity games for both.

Bob Probert holds the Red Wings’ franchise record for career penalty minutes (2,090) and PIM in a season (87-88, 398), as well as the league’s 5th overall in career minutes (3,300).

May he Rest In Peace… June 5, 1965- July 5, 2010

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