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At least Probert’s life did not end like that of the enforcer John Kordic, who died after a fight with police in Quebec City. Compared to that, Probert’s demise was almost mercifully mundane. As was the case after the death of Mark (The Bird) Fidrych of the Detroit Tigers in 2009, Probert’s passing will bring the blur of nostalgia and sentimentality in the region. Fans in Detroit and Windsor will mourn Probert and their stories of him will flow like tears from eyes or blood from a cut or water of a river current moving away, so swift and strong and soon gone.

-Joe Lapointe of Fanhouse (I do believe Joe was a writer/columnist for the Detroit News).  More from Joe on Probert.

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Paul, Joe Lapointe covered the Wings in the 70’s & 80’s for the Detroit Free Press.

Posted by mc keeper on 07/06/10 at 01:47 AM ET

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I think it’s sad that Lapointe felt the need to reduce Probie’s entire life down to two talking points, sadness and violence. All of the other stories that I’ve read today, even those quoting former opponents, have all talked about how Probie really was a good guy off the ice, though a troubled one. No one is perfect. Some of us screw up more than others, and Probie did more than his share but I think he’d probably also be the first to admit that. I wish he’d had more time to right his wrongs. It’s heartbreaking that he’s gone so young. My heart goes out to his family.

Posted by Jennemy of the Skate from the bar car on the stress train on 07/06/10 at 01:54 AM ET

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it’s the same GARBAGE Valenti and Caputo did today…...talking head fools that never knew him.one guy called Caputo thinking it was drugs,apologized on air,and Caputo said you don’t have to feel that bad. REALLY?a man lost his life in front of his family and we don’t need to feel so bad about it?jealous much Caputo?how about empathy for a wife,4 kids and a father in law who watched him die?

Posted by Speedy on 07/06/10 at 02:34 AM ET

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