It’s just terrible to learn that Bob Probert has passed away. He was only 45 for gawd’s sakes. He had another 40 years.
But the heart gave out on this guy who was the ultimate hockey enforcer – a guy who could play and who was the toughest guy in a league full of tough guys. He was simply a naturally great fighter on skates, and rarely was anyone ever excited about having to go with him. And because of the respect he earned on the ice, he was an important cog in the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks wheels.
Probert had some substance issues over the years, but from all accounts was a great guy, and although he wasn’t a star in the NHL, he made his mark in his own way and will be missed by players and fans everywhere.