Bob Probert, the one-time scourge of the NHL, who battled so many players on the ice and a host of drug and alcohol issues away from the rink, was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon at a Windsor Hospital after collapsing on a boat on Lake St. Clair.
AM 800 CKLW reported that emergency crews met the boat with other passengers in Lakeshore, Ont., just east of Windsor, but the 45-year-old Probert had no vital signs. They performed CPR on the former Red Wings and Blackhawks’ forward and transported him to Windsor Regional Hospital, but he could not be revived.
Probert, who was married with twin boys, still sits fifth in NHL penalty minutes with 3,300. He retired in 2002 after 16 seasons, during which he also had 384 points. He had cleaned up his life to a large degree and had recently visisted Canadian troops in Afghanistan as part of an NHL alumni tour.
He kept the puck from scoring the last goal at Maple Leag Gardens on Feb. 13, 1999 and had planned to give it to his kids.