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. Tough Guy is a gripping
journey, full of jaw-dropping stories about the toughest
bareknuckle fighter in the NHL.