Bob Probert, 1965-2010

Chicago Blackwaks

Global BC, WINDSOR, Ont. — He was a legendary on-ice brawler who fought personal battles with booze, drugs and the law — then found redemption in good deeds and the hearts of his children.

Former Detroit Red Wing and Chicago Blackhawk Bob Probert, 45, died suddenly Monday after collapsing in a boat on Lake St. Clair near Windsor. The cause of death appears to be a heart attack.

Probert — a former all-star who played 935 NHL games and scored the last goal at Maple Leaf Gardens — may have had a gentle hand with his children, but his on-ice opponents didn’t receive the same courtesy. He ranks fifth all time in penalty minutes with 3,300 to go along with his 163 goals and 221 assists.

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