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RIP Bob Probert

Postby TC on 05/07/10, 18:28:04

WindsorStar wrote:Bob Probert suffered 'severe chest pain' before collapsing, father-in-law says

Former NHL fighter Bob Probert was boating with his children, father-in-law and mother-in-law on Lake St. Clair when he developed "severe chest pain" around 2 p.m. before collapsing to his death, his father-in-law Dan Parkinson said in a news conference at Windsor Regional Hospital Monday night.

Parkinson said he performed CPR on the 45-year-old Probert, but was unsuccessful.

The death was confirmed in Windsor late Monday afternoon by OPP spokeswoman Shawna Coulter.

"This is a tragedy for the family and totally unexpected," Parkinson said.

A witness on the scene, who asked not to be identified, said Probert looked like he was fixing something on the boat -- a Bombardie Speedster 200.

"He was fixing the trim or something, stood up and then fell down," the witness said.

Probert, who was born in Windsor, played 16 seasons in the NHL. He played for the Red Wings for nine seasons and the Chicago Blackhawks for seven others.

The bruising left-winger scored 163 career NHL goals and set up 221 others for a regular-season total of 384 points, but was best noted for his pugilistic skills. Probert amassed 3,300 penalty minutes in 935 career games, ranking sixth on the all-time penalty minutes leaders’ list.

He was drafted 46th overall in the 1983 NHL entry draft from the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and played his first game with the Red Wings in the 1985-86 season. He retired following the 2001-2002 season.

Probert never won a Stanley Cup but often led his team in the accumulation of penalty minutes. He was an all-star in 1988.

Probert was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine across the Canada-U.S. border in March, 1989. He was welcomed back into the league but barred from travelling with Red Wings for road games in Canada during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons as he appealed a ruling that would have seen him deported from the United States if he left and re-entered the country. He was granted permission to play in Canada on Dec. 7, 1992.

The Probert family held a 6 p.m. news conference at Windsor Regional Hospital to issue a statement. They did not take any questions from the media.

i hated him. but this is a complete travesty. he was 45. just terrible.

the NHL lost one of its all-time great fighters.

i know a special hell is reserved for wings players, but i hope the hockey gods give him a pass.
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Re: RIP Bob Probert

Postby Storm13 on 05/07/10, 19:16:55

Post mortem admission...

I absolutely hated Probert and loved when he and Twist had a few bouts. However, he was actally one of the few redwings or blackhawks that I'd have cheered for in the Bluenote. A hockey fighter, back when fighting still meant something.
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Re: RIP Bob Probert

Postby jcdc on 06/07/10, 12:42:22

I loved to hate the guy, but this is just terrible.
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