Bob Probert

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Bob Probert
Born (1965-06-05)June 5, 1965
Windsor, ON, CAN
Died July 5, 2010(2010-07-05) (aged 45)
Windsor, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
Detroit Red Wings
NHL Draft 46th overall, 1983
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1985–2002

Robert Alan Probert (April 20, 1985 – July 5, 2010) was a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger. Probert played a total of 1,016 games in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. Probert was known for being a fighter and enforcer, as well as being one half of the "Bruise Brothers" with teammate Joey Kocur, during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Probert retired from playing ice hockey in 2002 to join the Blackhawks radio broadcasting team.[1] He finished his career fourth on the NHL's all-time list with 3,300 penalty minutes notched.[2]

After his retirement, Probert ran into drug and legal problems. On February 05, 2003, he entered rehab to try and beat his addiction.[3] He was arrested on June 4, 2004 after he allegedly parked his BMW SUV on the wrong side of the street and got into an altercation over drugs with bystanders. Many police officers got involved and Probert had to be subdued with a taser and stun guns.[4]

On July 5, 2010, while boating on Lake St. Clair with his children, father-in-law, and mother-in-law, Probert experienced "severe chest pain" and collapsed. His father-in-law Dan Parkinson, the Cornwall, Ontario, chief of police, attempted CPR to save his life. He was taken to Windsor Regional Hospital's Metropolitan Campus and was pronounced dead.[5] His funeral services were held July 9, 2010, in Windsor, Ontario. It was attended by many of his former teammates and rivals including Dino Ciccarelli, Tie Domi, Gerard Gallant, Doug Gilmour, Stu Grimson, Joey Kocur, Brad McCrimmon, Darren McCarty and Steve Yzerman, as well as the Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. His eulogy was delivered by Yzerman.[6] His brain was donated to the Sports Legacy Institute to help researchers that are studying the effects of concussions and other sports-related head injuries.[7] In February 2011, the researchers announced at Boston University that they had found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in Probert's brain.[8]

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  1. "Probert puts down dukes, picks up mike". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "All-Time Penalty Minutes Leaders". Stats Hockey. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "Probert battles demons". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. "Bob Probert faces assault charges". CBC Sports. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. "Former NHL tough guy Bob Probert dies after collapsing on boat". CNN. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. "Family, fans say goodbye to former NHL tough guy Probert". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. "Probert's brain donated to science". National Post. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. "Hockey Brawler Paid Price, With Brain Trauma". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-9-21. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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