He was a tough guy, who could score goals and not only fought NHL opponents but his share of demons. Now at 45 he is gone way too soon.
Former NHL enforcer Bob Probert has died of an apparent heart attack after being rushed to hospital with vital signs absent after collapsing on a boat on Lake St. Clair in Windsor, Ontario on Monday.
One of the most feared fighters in the history of the NHL, the Windsor native scored 163 goals and added 221 assists and whopping 3,300 penalty minutes in 935 career NHL games.
While Probert’s bouts with the likes of Tie Domi and Marty McSorley were legendary, he was also an incredibly skilled player who played in the 1988 NHL All-Star game. A star on the ice, Probert battled his demons off the ice, including well documented problems with the law as well as alcohol and substance abuse. He also spent time in an NHL-supervised substance abuse treatment center.
Recently he appeared in the CBC Blades of Glory show where hockey players were matched with figure skaters. He looked very happy, handsome and healthy. Hard to believe.
Carpe diem friends.