July 05, 2010

Red Wings and Blackhawks enforcer Bob Probert is dead.: He collapsed in a boat on Lake St. Clair today, and was rushed to the hospital with no vital signs. He was 45.

posted by MeatSaber to hockey at 05:32 PM - 14 comments


(that's supposed to be star that you see after being punched by Probie. it's his version of the "moment of silence" period)

posted by NoMich at 05:45 PM on July 05, 2010

Here's an embedded audio file of Barry Melrose taking about fighters and specifically mentions Probie as the best tough guy ever. It's just a few minutes long.

posted by NoMich at 05:51 PM on July 05, 2010


posted by TheQatarian at 06:12 PM on July 05, 2010

Met Probie a couple years ago at a hockey show and got him going with a story about how I had listed two cards on eBay -- one a short-printed Steve Yzerman jersey booked at around $50 and another Probert parallel card limited to 10 copies we thought would sell for $10.

The Yzerman closed at $6.25, while the Probert brought more than $90. I told Bob to be sure to tell Steve he was worth 15x Yzerman, and we had a good laugh.

Creepily enough, I have had an autographed Probert 8x10 that has been sitting on eBay for two years. Five minutes after the announcement -- gone.

posted by wfrazerjr at 06:23 PM on July 05, 2010


posted by fadetoblack5 at 07:17 PM on July 05, 2010


posted by tommybiden at 07:18 PM on July 05, 2010


posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 07:56 PM on July 05, 2010


posted by ursus_comiter at 08:39 PM on July 05, 2010

Probert vs. anybody: fight at your own peril.

posted by jjzucal at 08:59 PM on July 05, 2010

Probert, Probert, what a man,

When you see him it's WHAM BAM!

Let's go!

posted by fabulon7 at 09:31 PM on July 05, 2010

YouTube has the rematch between Porbert and Crowder that Melrose talked about. I can't link it but it is a beauty. "Round 1 January 28,1991. RIP

posted by gfinsf at 05:45 AM on July 06, 2010

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on Bob Probert: "I got to know John Ferguson before he died and we were members of the same golf club," Probert's agent, Pat Ducharme said. "And he once told me that as good as he was at playing his role, he was no Bob Probert. Coming from him, I think that was the ultimate compliment."

posted by tommybiden at 07:21 AM on July 06, 2010


posted by Demophon at 09:02 AM on July 06, 2010

Goddammit. I feared him as a kid. I thought he would kill Wendel Clark that night he was allowed back into Canada. But that dude was respected, and not just feared. Far, far too young.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 05:42 PM on July 06, 2010

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