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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Bob Probert

I didn't follow hockey much when Bob Probert started his playing career, but his rise within the league helped push along my interest.

I was a teenager and had just moved that year to Michigan from Tennessee and a pre-game article highlighted the fact that this youngster with the NY Rangers, Tie Domi, was ready to take on Probert. Obviously, the fight - which occurred in the opening minute of the game - was the key highlight.

I was into hockey and I was into this guy Probert. Of course, his life story remained a public interest as this on-ice battles were replaced with his off-ice struggles. He died Monday at age 45 while boating on Lake St. Clair.

Though troubled, he was an admirable spokesman for his sport and a strong ambassador for his team and city.

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