Monday, July 5, 2010

Bob Probert, 1965-2010. R.I.P.

Bob Probert, who played 16 seasons in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was 45.

Probert was considered one of the NHL's toughest enforcers who would drop his gloves and raise his fists at a moment's notice. Rodney Dangerfield probably had Probert in mind when he said, "There was a fight and a hockey game broke out." Especially when he went toe to toe with Tie Domi.

He was also plagued with alcohol and drug problems throughout his career and had several run ins with the law.

Last year, Probert appeared on the Canadian reality show Battle of the Blades which paired former NHL players with female figure skaters to perform ice skating routines. Unfortunately, he and his partner Kristina Lenko were sent to the penalty box and eliminated in the first episode.

Probert is survived by his wife and four children.

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