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Bob Probert

  • Birth 5 Jun 1965 Windsor, Essex County, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 5 Jul 2010 Windsor, Essex County, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 54526593

Professional Hockey Player. Born Robert A. Probert, he played in the National Hockey League for 17 seasons. A Right Wing, he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in 1983 and initially played for their American Hockey League affiliate. After splitting the 1985-1986 and 1986-1987 seasons between Adirondack of the AHL and Detroit, in 1987-1988 Probert was an NHL All Star and developed an "enforcer" reputation by amassing 398 penalty minutes. In 1989 he was arrested for cocaine possession and served three months in prison and three in a halfway house. In 1994 he crashed his motorcycle, and police determined that he was driving while intoxicated and had used cocaine. The Red Wings then declined to offer him a new contract, and he joined the Chicago Blackhawks, where he played until 2002. His career NHL totals included 935 games, 163 goals, 221 assists, and 3300 penalty minutes (6th in NHL history). Probert was acquitted of breach of peace in 2004, and paid a fine after breaching the peace, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer in 2005. Though his travel was limited by a requirement to obtain advance permission to cross the US-Canada border, he remained a fan favorite and stayed active with the Red Wings while working to overcome his addictions, playing in charity games, speaking at conventions, and conducting hockey clinics. Probert died after suffering chest pains and collapsing while fishing on a boat at Lake Saint Clair.

Bio by: Bill McKern


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bill McKern
  • Added: 5 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54526593
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bob Probert (5 Jun 1965–5 Jul 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54526593, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.