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Bob Probert dead at 45

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Very sad. With his lifestyle, it's not a total shock, though. That's two ex-Wings in the course of a week with Willie Huber's passing.

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Awful news. I didn't get to see him play very much as I was very young while he was in his prime, I really wish I could have.

Had the pleasure of meeting him at the Golf course I work at a few summers ago. He signed my first ever Wings jersey and a few cards for me. I still wear the number 24 in hockey because of him.

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For some reason I thought he was older.

You and me both.

He wasn't all that much older than me, yet he seemed much older than me because he was a star in the NHL while I was a high schooler.

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Another one from my youth....

He's a big reason why I'm a hockey fan.

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Holy. I think it's safe to say that he was one of the most popular Wings ever, in his heyday. Proof of that .. at Yzerman's retirement ceremony, he got the loudest ovation of all the former Wings apart from the Captain himself.

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Holy. I think it's safe to say that he was one of the most popular Wings ever, in his heyday. Proof of that .. at Yzerman's retirement ceremony, he got the loudest ovation of all the former Wings apart from the Captain himself.

This is one of the first things I remember about that ceremony. We all stood for a LONG time to clap for Probie.

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You and me both.

He wasn't all that much older than me, yet he seemed much older than me because he was a star in the NHL while I was a high schooler.

Good point. When I was in HS everybody in pro sports seemed old, Probie was actually only a couple of years older than me, though.

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Probie looked alot older than 45, but for what he put himself through, I suppose it makes sense. Very sad. It seems guys like him tend to die young before they can have enough time to spend with their lives completely turned around for the better.

RIP #24

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This is sad. Probert was one of my all time favorite sports figures. He was a monster in his prime.

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Bummed me out when I heard them announce this on the radio after the Tigers game. As many have already said, he was a part of many of my first memories of watching the Wings & hockey in general.

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I fell off the bar stool I was sitting on when I saw this. I've been fortunate to share many a convo and many a bevvy with the man in our hometown's of Tecumseh.

He will be missed in a big, big way.

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Probert remembered as shy, private

Probert remembered as shy, private

Bob Probert dies suddenly while boating near Windsor, Ont

Bob Probert was an internationally known hockey star, but he was also a hometown boy, whose death was being mourned Tuesday in Windsor, Ont.

Probert, 45, died Monday afternoon while boating with his family on Lake St. Clair near Windsor.

He was known as the NHL's tough guy for his legendary ability to fight on the ice, but his sudden collapse from chest pains shocked his family and the hockey world.

"Bob lost the fight of his life this afternoon," said Dan Parkinson, Probert's father-in-law, who tried to resuscitate Probert as the man's wife, Dani, and four children looked on.

Played 935 NHL games

Tributes immediately began pouring in for the former Detroit Red Wing and Chicago Blackhawk, whose career spanned 1985-2002.

During that time, Probert accumulated 3,300 penalty minutes, the fifth-highest total of all time, and he was known as one half of the "Bruise Brothers" along with former Red Wing Joey Kocur.

"I've mentioned in the past, how good of shape he's been in that he could still play," said Kocur.

"I don't know the circumstances, but it's a terrible day for us. He's always going to be with me in my heart."

Wings, Blackhawks remember Probert

In a statement on its website, the Detroit Red Wings organization also praised Probert's attitude as a team player.

"Bob was always there for his teammates and was one of the toughest men to ever play in the NHL," said owners Mike and Marian Ilitch.

"He also was one of the kindest, most colorful, and beloved players Detroit has ever known."

The last of Probert's 935 NHL games were played with the Chicago Blackhawks, whose president, John McDonough, also remembered the team's star forward Monday.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Probert family during this difficult time," said McDonough.

"Bob will always be a member of the Blackhawks family, and his memory will live on through our fans."

Served 3 months in U.S. prison

Probert, however, was also known for his battles off the ice.

Probert's drinking problem began when he was still in the junior leagues playing with the Brantford Alexanders and later with both the Hamilton Steelhawks and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Then in 1989, Probert was busted trying to cross the Windsor-Detroit border with cocaine.

He served three months in a U.S. prison and was suspended from the NHL.

The conviction meant Probert could not travel back and forth across the border, barring him from playing in Red Wings road games in Canadian cities.

'He was really a quiet, shy retiring man '

Patrick Ducharme was Probert's lawyer, agent and friend, who said the public's perception of Probert as a tough guy didn't always fit.

"What they don't know is that he was really a quiet, shy, retiring man who really wanted to be left alone. Didn't like to talk with people very much, didn't like to mix it up in public. He was really very a private man."

Ducharme said he was often shocked at how Probert could play in spite of all kinds of challenges, recalling the day Probert's car hit a light standard then crashed through the front of a Windsor restaurant leaving Probert with seven broken ribs.

"He had a game that night, and he wanted to play in that game .… He could barely move his arms," said Ducharme.

"That night, I recall that he scored a goal, he had one goal called back, and he had a tough fight that lasted 40 seconds … he had amazing resiliency."

Ducharme said Probert was also very funny with a great sense of humour.

"I'll remember him as a big galoot who would come into my office and say 'How we gonna get out of this one?'"

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

No funeral details have been announced.

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I didn't get into hockey until I was probably a sophomore in high school. The glory days of my enjoyment of the sport were when Probie and Kocur were policing the ice. With that said I'm saddened by his passing but not completely surprised. Cocaine can mess your heart up over the long haul and I'm guessing that was the culprit here. Still my heart goes out to his family and friends.

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