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Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bob Probert Is Dead

He was 45 years old.

If you were a Detroit Red Wings fan in the 1980s and early 1990s, then it's a sad day. Probert was one of the great goons in NHL history (5th all-time in penalty minutes), but actually a pretty decent hockey player. I didn't realize he spent 7 years in Chicago, too.

As someone who just turned 41, it's a little frightening to see pro athletes like Jose Lima, a few weeks ago, and now Probert, dying at young ages. Now, Probert did have a long history of substance abuse, including that motorcycle crash with cocaine in his system . . . but still. These guys were professional athletes. They had to have been in pretty good shape at one point.


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