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Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert to be remembered via charity motorcycle ride, ‘Probert Day’

Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert’s family had already planned to engage in a memorial motorcycle ride to raise funds for the hospital that treated him, Windsor’s Hotel-Dieu Grace, and the Windsor Star reports that the day of the ride will now commemorate Probert’s passing on a yearly basis:

Mayor Eddie Francis has declared June 26 Bob Probert Day in memory of the former Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks player who died last July from heart failure. Francis said the city wants to pay tribute to a Windsor native who had an outstanding 16-season NHL hockey career and an unwavering commitment to the community.

His family and friends are holding a charity motorcycle ride on June 26 to raise money for the angioplasty program at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the hospital and Probert’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle will lead the ride on the bed of a truck.

The event will take riders through the city, along the waterfront and into the county. It will be followed by dinner and music. To register, visit probertride.com.

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i plan to be there-even tho i do not ride a motorcycle,Bob meant and means so much to my recovery i could not imagine not being there.My one regret is not having had the chance to thank him personally.i do not condone the things he did detailed in his book,but I walked in his shoes,so i understand the thinking,it is an illness in the way we as users think.There isn’t a day i don’t miss knowing Bob isn’t here,he will likely always be my favorite player-an Icon,once in a lifetime game changing guy.He taught me toughness,the kind from inside that you don’t need to beat someones face in.Because that’s how i attacked my desire to drink,i desided alcohol wasn’t going to keep me from living.i grew up w/o a father,from age 7,my mom god bless her did her very best.I needed a male role model.once i decided to get clean i took the best qualities i saw in Bob and used them to make my life better.I saw his faults,and accepted him for them.this story is quite on time,today is my fathers birthday.My dad was everything anyone could want or desire in in a paremt.Like Bob,I miss my dad terribly-having his birthday so close to fathers day was hard as a kid.My losses added by one.Jim Northrup who had been a college friend of my dads passed.Just 6 months and 2 weeks after my father passed,Jim went 6-6 on my bday with 2 homeruns.one over the rightfield roof,my mom told me then it was my dad giving me a bday gift.We lose people thru our life who give it meaning,but because their light is dimmed,doesn’t we cannot continue to fight for what we dream,stop believing that a greater good cannot come from their passing.i do not mourn that Bob,Jim or my Dad are gone…they are not.their spirits are held dearly by those who loved them.What matters when tragedy and loss occur is to pull the best from those we love and use that energy towards a greater purpose that may not be defined for us.On this day,one i celebrate because without my Dad i would not be here-i say celebrate the loss

.Dr Seuss said it best-“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

Posted by Speedy on 06/11/11 at 08:53 AM ET

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