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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.

Former NHL tough guy Probert dies



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Memories of Bob Probert? Do you have to ask? Everyone remembers him dropping the gloves protecting Stevie Y.

Very popular guy off the ice too, but unfortunately battled addictions that probably contributed to his untimely death.
don, 2010-07-08 22:07:45

As a wings fan through the bad years when Bobby and Stevie Y were the only bright spots on a sad sack team, I adored the man.

There was nothing else to cheer about on a Saturday night in those days outside of Big Bad Bob beating the crap outta Tie Domi.

I loved it.

RIP big fella and thank you.
Fan, 2010-07-07 04:48:33

He comanded respect on the ice, that is a long lost art now. R.I.P


Derek, 2010-07-06 17:31:19

brought alot of excitement to the game on and off the ice. tough as nails and a great guy off the ice. will be missed by many, thanks for the memories.

here are the best two fights that i remember.

http://www.legendscards.com/hockey-latest-hockey-news/19232-former-nhl-tough-guy-probert-dies.html
Tim, 2010-07-06 14:28:02

He's the kind of guy I'd want in my corner, not just because he was one tough guy, but more importantly because he had a heart of gold.
DE, 2010-07-06 14:19:42

He was a great kisser !
Mister, 2010-07-06 13:57:12

Hockey fans around the world will miss this enforcer on ice and cherish the true entertainment in hockey, whether it was a brutal game or fight he always delivered and brought crowds to their feet. We didn't have dvr back when he played, but there are a lot of fans going through video tapes of games with Bob Probert fights and will watch again with pride. Gone too soon, forever in our hearts.
Miss hockey fan, 2010-07-06 13:27:34

Bob Probert brought excitement to the game. It was a time when men played hockey. Not the crap we see today.
Jim, 2010-07-06 13:24:07

I have myself in Woodroofe High School yearbook in 88 or 89 as Bob Probert!!

RIP Bob....you were and always will be the MAN!!!
Trevor Maheux, 2010-07-06 12:20:16

I remember hearing a story about how ex-NFL player Lawrence Taylor was picking on a patient at a rehab centre, and the person who came to the rescue of the patient was none other than Bob Probert. Tough guy on the ice, good guy all around. He will be missed.
the devil, 2010-07-06 11:49:56

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