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Tough Guy

by Bob Probert, Kirstie McLellan Day

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | October 17, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Tough Guy is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

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 blockbusterPlaying with Fire.Tough Guyis a gripping journey, full of jaw-dropping stories about the toughest bareknuckle fighter in the NHL.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: October 17, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443404624

ISBN - 13: 9781443404624

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Hockey Book!!! This book is truly amazing, a real page turner. If you love hockey this book is for you. Crazy life Bob Probert lived, and he doesn't miss a detail in his book.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A very poorly written, but honest, story I respect Bob Probert's family's courage to not whitewash his story when they chose to finish his book after his death. It would have been easy to cut out all of the stuff that reflected poorly upon him - but they kept it in. This is who he was - a deeply flawed human being who messed up in some epic ways ... even if he was an authentic hockey player. That said, I found it very difficult to read simply because it was so poorly written. It was as if someone just wrote down any words that came out of his mouth, whether it flowed sensibly or not. (Maybe that is what did happen!) I felt the story could have been just as honest, but a much better read, with a little bit of literary editing.
Date published: 2012-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational I can't stop raving about this book. Whether a fan of the man, the game or just inspirational books, this one is for you! It took quite the "brass" for this man to put what he did over his career on paper, not only for the fans to read, but for his four young children to read about as they get older. Probie was a legend, but this book, in his own brash style, proves what a man he really was. A must read for anyone!
Date published: 2011-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard-core Hockey Animal Bob Probert was cuffed with his hands behind his back. He was facedown on the ground with a cop's knee on his neck. Probert told him he was probably the fat kid in school that was always picked on, and that's why he became a cop. Probert's face was a mess after that comment. The worst part was that the cop took his $600 sunglasses. Tough Guy is the no nonsense expose that's part Animal House and part Slap Shot. This is a story of a time in sports that is so different from today that it's hard to believe that it was only a couple decades ago. Probert was such a hard party machine that he would stay out all night, till 7 A.M. dress for practice and play that night. He was a smoker. He microwaved his urine to fool the testers into thinking it had just come out of his body and yet he occupies some interesting spots in the record books. The book opens with an emotional narrative of that last day of Probert's life. Kirstie McLellan Day stirs the emotional soup by quickly shifting the book to Probert's voice and taking us back in time to a fight with Tie Domi. Probert tells us of Domi's first shot at fighting him, filling the page with four letter words, you are suddenly jolted out of the opening passage of the book. You know you are in Probie's world now. Probert's ability to party was stunning; it's amazing he had time for hockey. An example of Probert's thought process: when meeting the press with fellow draft pick, Steve Yzerman, Probert assessed him as "fairly serious...and not someone you would expect to be sitting next to in a jail cell, laughing off a hangover." But he did have time for hockey. In the 1988 Playoffs he broke Gordie Howe's playoff record of 21 points. Probert held that record until 1995. Probie's chapter about his friendship with Sheldon Kennedy is particularly heart warming. It was his first really successful attempt at staying clean after a major scrape with the law. Probert said he was most happy when he was playing and fighting. The thing you will see over and over with fighters is pride. That blue collar ethic applied to their job as the enforcer, the man that provides protection. Probert was no different when it came to protecting his guys off the ice. In an incident at a bar, Probert engaged in a street fight to defend a teammate. After the fight he went back in the bar to have a couple more beers before going into the emergency room to get stitched up. Bob Probert was clearly a troubled man. He struggled with priorities and even as he looked back on his life he alternately took responsibility and dodged it throughout the book. Two things kept Probert on the straight and narrow, the game and his family. And he did manage to keep clean, now and then. It's a crazy ride through the life of a hard partying and hard hitting hockey player.
Date published: 2010-11-25

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Tough Guy

by Bob Probert, Kirstie McLellan Day

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: October 17, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443404624

ISBN - 13: 9781443404624

From the Publisher

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 blockbusterPlaying with Fire.Tough Guyis a gripping journey, full of jaw-dropping stories about the toughest bareknuckle fighter in the NHL.

About the Author

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.