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What are your memories of Bob Probert?
Tue, July 6, 2010

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

The hockey world once feared the fists of Bob Probert, then grew to pity his train-wreck lifestyle before celebrating his recovery as family man and ambassador of the game.

On Monday, it was mourning his death at age 45 after suffering a heart attack aboard a pleasure boat on Lake St. Clair.

Probert made headlines for scraps with the law, car crashes, alcohol, substance abuse, for his time in an NHL-supervised treatment centre and his inability to cross the border to his native Windsor or play road games in Canada.

But in the past eight years, Probert devoted himself to his family (he was saving his puck from the last goal at Maple Leaf Gardens to give to his son Jack) and to speaking engagements on behalf of the NHL Alumni.

What are your memories of Bob Probert? Have your say in our forum.

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I cannot tell a lie, that ralley helped.
Azia, 2012-01-23 19:09:57

I remember when he played hockey. Then I saw a fight he was in and got scared. Fighting is too scary for me to watch.
Gary O., 2010-08-10 16:55:56

I wouldn't call fighting in hockey a form of art, but Bob certainly was the exception.
Ron, 2010-07-12 17:51:21

Wow, i'm so sorry for his wife and kids. The real 'Probie' was seen last fall on 'battle of the blades'. When he scored the last goal at Maple Leaf Gardens the place went nuts. Love ya Probie
Jim, 2010-07-09 16:46:47

I loved Wendel and the Leafs, so it was always exciting to see Detroit roll in for Saturday night viewing. It must have been tough for Demers and others, because he had so much to give but let them down, especially about 5 Wings one year in the playoffs, I think against Edmonton.

I loved Probert though, he had "it". As a person who has also battled demons, I don't judge him, that is what he was.

I feel sorry for his family, the picture of his Son is heart breaking, I was around the same age when I lost my Dad.

Good luck to his family.

Cool Domi was there..Domi has one hard head!
Drtbykr, 2010-07-09 15:36:12

I met bob at a charity game in Saint John two years ago and I was impressed with how nice he was. I watched him be the big tough guy on the ice, but he was a sweet heart. Thanks for the talent.
darlene, 2010-07-09 15:17:01

what a guy! able to get caught with open whiskey bottle & baggie of cocaine while crossing the boarder & back to work Saturday night!

able to punch out guys on ice for a living & call it hockey!

definate role model....

truly glad he was able to clean up before his passing
brad c, 2010-07-09 13:48:25

My best memory of him was going to see him at the Saddledome in Calgary in the 90's and some friends & I colored a red cross on a bed sheet and wrote "Give Blood : Fight Probert" on it and when he saw it he gave us a wink and rose his stick up to us...Great guy on & off the ice.
Steph, 2010-07-09 13:24:39

Recently played in a charity tournament that Probert played in. We chatted and he spoke immediately about kids. Very nice guy!
Brad, 2010-07-09 13:20:01

Been to over 100 NHL games and the best fight I saw was between Probie and McSorley. They threw haymakers at eachover with both hands for over a minute, then stopped, patted each other on the head, and skated to the Box. The linesmen didn't touch them once. The crowd went wild.

The other memories of I have of Probie were that once an opposing fighter was in a vulnerable position, we would stop the fight.

Today's tough guys could learn a thing to two from Probie.
JB, 2010-07-09 13:12:58

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