Bob and I

Posted: September 29, 2010 in Good Stuff

Here is a picture of myself with the late, great Bob Probert.

I had the chance to meet and play against him in the Juno cup.  A charity event held annually at the Juno music awards in random cities across Canada.  This was taken a few years back in Saskatoon.  The game pits Canadian artists vs NHL alumni and raises money for CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Science – carasonline.ca ), an organization whose main focus is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music.

Despite his reputation as the NHL’s all time toughest and meanest player, Bob was a very nice man.

What blows me away most about this photo is that I’m an average sized man standing 5’10’, 175ish and his fist is almost the size of my whole face!! Imagine getting hit by one?

Here is a video made by youtube user tjackson76  highlighting some of his best fights (The Four Horseman from Metallica’s awesome album Kill Em’ All is a good choice in music!):

Bob could also score goals and even tallied 29 goals in the 87-88 season while with Detroit.  He also scored the very last goal ever at the historic Maple Leaf Gardens.

Here are his career stats according to Hockeydb.com:

Bob Probert
Left Wing
Born Jun 5 1965  -- Windsor, ONT
Height 6.03 -- Weight 225 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 3 #46 overall 1983 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1982-83  Brantford Alexanders        OHL    51   12   16   28  133   8   2   2   4  23
1983-84  Brantford Alexanders        OHL    65   35   38   73  189   6   0   3   3  16
1984-85  Hamilton Steelhawks         OHL     4    0    1    1   21  --  --  --  --  --
1984-85  Sault Ste. Marie Greyhoun   OHL    44   20   52   72  172  15   6  11  17  60
1985-86  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL    32   12   15   27  152  10   2   3   5  68
1985-86  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    44    8   13   21  186  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Adirondack Red Wings        AHL     7    1    4    5   15  --  --  --  --  --
1986-87  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    63   13   11   24  221  16   3   4   7  63
1987-88  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    74   29   33   62  398  16   8  13  21  51
1988-89  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    25    4    2    6  106  --  --  --  --  --
1989-90  Detroit Red Wings           NHL     4    3    0    3   21  --  --  --  --  --
1990-91  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    55   16   23   39  315   6   1   2   3  50
1991-92  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    63   20   24   44  276  11   1   6   7  28
1992-93  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    80   14   29   43  292   7   0   3   3  10
1993-94  Detroit Red Wings           NHL    66    7   10   17  275   7   1   1   2   8
1995-96  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    78   19   21   40  237  10   0   2   2  23
1996-97  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    82    9   14   23  326   6   2   1   3  41
1997-98  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    14    2    1    3   48  --  --  --  --  --
1998-99  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    78    7   14   21  206  --  --  --  --  --
1999-00  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    69    4   11   15  114  --  --  --  --  --
2000-01  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    79    7   12   19  103  --  --  --  --  --
2001-02  Chicago Blackhawks          NHL    61    1    3    4  176   2   0   0   0   0
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
         NHL Totals                        935  163  221  384 3300  81  16  32  48 274

Sadly he passed away much to young this last summer.  RIP Bob Probert

Jon

On a side note: At last years Juno Cup in Newfoundland the alumni team had Troy Crowder in their lineup.  He is famous (or infamous) for his battles with Probert.  I have to say that my first impression of Troy Crowder (who also turned out to be a gentle giant) wasn’t nearly as scary as mine was with Bob Probert.  Troy looked like a big, friendly uncle where as Bob… well he looked like the toughest guy to ever play hockey.

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Comments
  1. Mitchell Zarycki says:

    I was shocked when I heard of Bob Probert’s passing. He was way too young.
    Growing up a Leafs fan in the 90’s, I always loved his fights against Domi, they were the highlights of the game. My Dad met him too, in the season where he played here in Hamilton for the Steelhawks. He mentioned a couple times how nice of a guy he was, and was equally upset (if not more) to here of his untimely passing.

    RIP Bob.

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