Bob Probert, Legendary Tough Guy, Dead at Age 45

Warren TwocockCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2010

CBC News has reported that legendary NHL enforcer Bob Probert has died at age 45.

Probert collapsed after severe chest pains and resuscitation attempts failed. Probert had been boating on Lake St. Clair near Windsor, Ontario when the incident occurred.

During an NHL career that spanned 16 seasons, Probert was generally acknowledged as one of the heavyweight champions of the league. Probert's series of battles with Tie Domi and his lengthy bouts with Vancouver's Craig Coxe were the stuff of NHL legends.

Probert was more than just a goon. Over the course of 935 games, Probert scored 162 goals, twice scoring 20 or more goals in a season, with a career high of 29 in 1987-88, a year in which he came just one minor penalty away from reaching the 400 penalty minute mark.

Off the ice, Probert continued to battle his demons. In 1989, Probert was arrested for possession of cocaine while crossing the border into the United States and served three months in a U.S. federal prison. In 1994, Probert was arrested after an auto accident when his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit. After the DUI, the Detroit Red Wings cut their ties with Probert and he finished his career as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.

In all, Probert played 935 regular season games in the NHL, racking up 162 goals, 221 assists, and 3,300 penalty minutes.

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