R.I.P. Bob Probert (1965-2010)

By , July 5, 2010 3:58 pm

The Legend.

Bob Probert. His name was synonymous with enforcer and he’s one of the few NHL tough guys to make an appearance in an all-star game. The same season he attained the Red Wings franchise record for penalty minutes in a season. That there is a feat that may never be matched.

Reports came in today (July 5th) that Probert collapsed on a boat and was worked on at the scene and rushed to hospital with no vital signs. His death has been confirmed. Probert was 45. He punished his body on the ice, and off the ice as well getting caught up in a number of altercations off the ice and being indicted for possession of cocaine in 1989.

Detroit picked up Probert in the third round (46th overall) in 1983. He played 9 seasons with the Wings before finishing out his career in Chicago for 7 more years. Many classic battles with the likes of Coxe, Grimson, Domi, and ex team mate Kocur entertained fans over the years. I know Stevie Y appreciated having him on his side.

Post hockey, Probert continued to contribute, briefly working radio broadcasts for the Hawks along with playing charity events, conventions and youth camps. Most recently he participated in Battle of the Blades, a dancing with the stars version on ice combining ex goons with diminutive figure skaters.

Career Notables

• Detroit Red Wings franchise record for career penalty minutes (2,090)

• Detroit Red Wings franchise record for penalty minutes in a season (398 in 1987–88)

• 5th all time in penalty minutes (3,300)

Career Stats

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985-86 Wings 44 8 13 21 186
1986-87 Wings 63 13 11 24 221 16 3 4 7 63
1987-88 Wings 74 29 33 62 398 16 8 13 21 51
1988-89 Wings 25 4 2 6 106
1989-90 Wings 4 3 0 3 21
1990-91 Wings 55 16 23 39 315 6 1 2 3 50
1991-92 Wings 63 20 24 44 276 11 1 6 7 28
1992-93 Wings 80 14 29 43 292 7 0 3 3 10
1993-94 Wings 66 7 10 17 275 7 1 1 2 8
1995-96 Hawks 78 19 21 40 237 10 0 2 2 23
1996-97 Hawks 82 9 14 23 326 6 2 1 3 41
1997-98 Hawks 14 2 1 3 48
1998-99 Hawks 78 7 14 21 206
1999-00 Hawks 69 4 11 15 114
2000-01 Hawks 79 7 12 19 103
2001-02 Hawks 61 1 3 4 176 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 935 163 221 384 3300 81 16 32 48 274

Hall Signs / Oilers Announce New Medical Trainer and Equipment Personnel

By , July 5, 2010 10:06 am

Taylor Hall has signed with the Oilers, as per Edmonton Journal’s Joanne Ireland:

Taylor Hall, the Oilers’ prized pick from last month’s entry draft, is now under contract.

The Oilers have called a news conference to announce the three-year deal. It is expected to equal the entry-level deal that John Tavares signed with the New York Islanders last year.

His base salary was $900,000 US each season, with several performance bonuses.

Hall, who was at the Edmonton Eskimos season opener on Sunday, will be at the Oilers prospect camp, which gets underway on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old winger told The Journal’s Dan Barnes that he expected to spend some of his signing bonus on a new car. He figured some new clothes might also be on the list.

From Oilers Official e-mail:


General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have named T.D. Forss Head Athletic Therapist.

Tambellini also announced today, Jeff Lang has been promoted to the position of Head Equipment Manager and Brad Harrison has joined the Oilers organization as the club’s new Assistant Equipment Manager.

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