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

10 Responses to “R.I.P. Bob Probert (1965-2010)”

  1. Racki says:

    Bob Probert was the man.. sad to see he’s passed on. Who could ever forget some of the epic battles he had??

  2. gr8one says:

    Yup, he was the man…maybe even worthy of the purchase of a Red wings Probert Jersey.

  3. chucker says:

    I remember lots of good fights with him and Troy Crowder. Classic tilts that everyone in the league looked forward to.

    http://www.financialpost.com/news/Former+enforcer+Probert+dies/3238238/story.html

    To say that Bob abused his body on the ice and off is a massive understatement, but it’s a shame as he seemed to be finding a really good place in his life the last few years. RIP Bob.

  4. Puritania says:

    Way too early for Bobby to go.

    you were fun as hell to watch, Rest in Peace.

  5. victoriaoilerfan says:

    I liked Probs. But I always felt bad for him regarding his lifestyle. It is tragic someone so young passes away. I wonder if he had a kids?
    R.I.P. Buddy

  6. Mr.Majestyk says:

    A sad loss. 29 goals and 398 pims in 87-88, unreal. Thanks for the memories Probie!

  7. DropIt says:

    Definately a sad day, especially for Colin Campbell.
    Ultimate tough guy, but at the same time he was a stud that really could hack it. He was actually a good player in his days.
    RIP bobby

  8. Steve-O says:

    chucker: http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Legendary-enforcer-Bob-Probert-passes-away-at-ag?urn=nhl%2c253783Off of Yahoo.Some great complilations half way down.

    i just watched these and they are all awesome. i miss hockey like this

  9. gr8one says:

    Yeah…fighting now is so technical and grabby with all the jersey leverage and shit, I miss when they just chucked em’ like there was no tomorrow.

    I always hated Tie Domi, but man him and Probert had some epic tilts…I’m not sure I’ve seen another player take the beatings and repeated haymakers to the face that Domi could take and stay on his skates.

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