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Tough Guy [Hardcover]

Bob M. Probert , Kirstie McLellan Day
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Book Description

Oct. 25 2010

Foreword by Steve Yzerman

With a Special Foreword by Dani Probert

During a notorious career with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Probert racked up points, penalty minutes and bar bills, establishing himself as one of the most feared enforcers in the history of the NHL. On the ice, he was a fan favourite. He backed up his teammates one hundred percent, taking on the toughest guys of his era. Off the ice, Probert played hard too. Over his pro career he went through ten stays in rehab, two NHL suspensions, a jail sentence for carrying cocaine across the border and a near fatal motorcycle crash. When he died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 5, 2010, at the age of forty-five, he was hard at work on his memoir with Kirstie McLellan Day, co-author with Theo Fleury of the blockbuster Playing with Fire. Probert wanted to tell his story in his own words to set the record straight.

Tough Guy is a gripping journey, full of jaw-dropping stories about Bob’s on-ice battles and his reckless off-ice encounters with drugs, alcohol, customs officials, police, courts and the NHL. Probert’s opponents often feared him, but they always respected the man beneath the bloodied jersey. With his unique sense of humour and inside stories, Probert gives us a first-hand account of his adrenalin-fuelled life as the toughest fighter in the NHL.

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?Bobby Probert was a beauty. He was not just a teammate, he was my buddy. As tough as he was on the ice, off the ice he was a humble guy with a great sense of humour. I?m glad he got this chance to tell his story.? - Doug Gilmour ()

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BOB PROBERT, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, was awinger with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawksbetween 1985 and 2002. A loving husband to Dani and father offour children, Probert died suddenly on July 5, 2010, while withhis family on his boat near Windsor. He was forty-five years old.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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If you were a hockey fan during Bob Probert's career on the ice you will find this book an interesting read. It is one of the better written sports autobiographies, making it an easy read; a credit to Kirstie MacLellan Day. Where other hockey story books give you disjointed stories in time, Probert's book provides a coherent continuous timeline. Be prepared for graphic description of a rough and tumble life outside of the arena. His book sure gives you insight into other players, team management and some politic of the league.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant March 18 2013
By jeff
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Grew up loving this guy. The book was great. Didnt realize he had so many demons inside. One tough man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow Feb. 8 2012
By Clicky
This was a moving book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Everybody should read this book, whether you remember who Bob Probert was or not. This book told the story how it was. It was absolutely fantastic. I can't even describe it. This was probably the best hockey auto-bio I have ever read
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read Nov. 24 2010
good honest read, kinda felt disappointed with him and all chances he had and setbacks. Never will understand a guy with a knockout beautiful wife and nice family getting involved with degenerates/strippers in his personal life. hell of a fighter though . if your gonna tell your story be honest and he was
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tough Read Dec 17 2010
This book was depressing. Theo Fleury appeared to battle his addiction demons. He also had some reasons for his struggles, particularly sexual victimization by his coach. We never find out the reasons behind Proberts serious drug and alcohol addictions. We hear about his huge boat, huge cars and huge house but little about why he continues to return to substance abuse. Why would a guy with a beautiful wife, great kids and an awesome job prefer the dark side of life? I don't know. It is never answered. Of course he died while writing the book (the prologue is written by his wife and details his tragic death) which may be the reason. While Fleury appeared to struggle to overcome his addictions, Probert revels in them for the most part. The book does not flow as well as Fleury's either as he jumps between recovery and relapse and you never know quite where he is. He makes one brief commitment to religion and nothing further is said about it. It all comes across as a wasted life. Judging by this book and Fleury's; drugs must have been rampant in the NHL during this time period. I hope it is not the case anymore. This book is not appropriate for young hockey fans due to drug use, coarse language and graphic information about Probert's various struggles.
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