Former Detroit Red Wing Bob Probert Dies While Boating With Family | Bleacher Report
The Associated Press reported today that retired Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks striker Bob Probert died after suffering chest pain while boating with his family in Windsor, Ontario.
Probert was a fan favorite in both Detroit and Chicago. His style of play was a throwback to an earlier era when the players were considerably tougher than they are today.
Probert was not seen as an idiot as he often had above average offensive productivity. Campaigner Wendell Clark told the Canadian press: “Bob was a guy who started out as a tough guy but made himself a player.”
Detroit fans have always been big followers of Probert, even after it was revealed that he had some early drug and alcohol problems. He has been accused several times of driving under the influence of Detroit. He was caught trying to transport cocaine from Canada to the United States in 1989 and was serving a six-month federal sentence. Despite his off-ice problems, Probert was often the winner in on-ice fights with big league heavyweights such as Donald Brashear, Wendell Clark, Tie Domi and George Larocque, as well as many other well-known NHL pugilists.
Probert was known for his fist skills but was also an opportunistic goalscorer when the situation arose. He was not one to shy away from a fight and often held opposing players honest and reluctant to show unnecessary roughness towards his teammates.
“Probert played for the Red Wings in 1985-1994 and for the Blackhawks in 1995-2002,” the Associated Press article reads.
Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch said in a statement: “Always there for his teammates, Bob was one of the toughest men ever played in the NHL. He was also one of the nicest, most colorful and popular players Detroit has ever had. ” ever known. “
The native Windsor from Ontario had 384 points (163 goals, 221 assists) in 935 regular season games with Detroit and Chicago. His 3,300 minute career penalty ranks sixth in NHL history.
Probert is the second former Red Wing to die unexpectedly. Retired defense attorney Willie Huber died less than three weeks ago of similar complications.