In Memory of Bob Probert

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At HGW, we like to think ourselves tough and not prone to public displays of emotion. So when it broke today that NHL toughie Bob Probert died and I shared that news Ken, it’s no exaggeration to say that we sobbed like fluffy bunnies.

What’s there to say that isn’t being said on tons of other web pages and news sites? Not much. Probert was a feared commodity in his day and so many wanted to be him. As former Blue Jacket and current Flyer toughie Jody Shelley said, “He played the game like a man.” I think he meant Superman because death shouldn’t ever happen to the pugilists. There’s something about the NHL tough guy that gives them a sense of immortality, like each punch they receive simply increases their inability to succumb to earthly existence.

So it is, with great sadness, to report that even tough guys are susceptible.

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