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Bob Probert Ride draws 1,200

AM 800 CKLW's Gord Bacon reports that this year's annual Bob Probert Ride was a smashing success:

An astounding 1200 plus riders hit the road for the seventh annual Bob Probert Ride.

Probert passed away in 2010 from a massive heart attack.

More than $100,000 in proceeds donated this year will go towards cardiac wellness programs throughout Windsor-Essex in his honour.

Riders gathered at Thunder Road Harley Davidson on Huron Church Rd. Sunday morning to begin a tour through Windsor-Essex ending at the Caboto Club on Tecumseh Rd. E. for food and refreshments.

Former NHL tough guy Dave Hutchison captained the ride and he says it was a privilege lead the event in memory of his friend.

"To follow the footsteps, or at least the road tracks, of guys like Chris Chelios and Ryan Vandenbush, looking forward to it," says Hutchison. "Just being apart of this is wonderful. Bob was a good friend and we have a real tight NHL alumni family, we all support each other, this is just another one of the things we do."


Update: The Windsor Star's Tamar Harris also reported in from the Probert Ride:

The hundreds of bikes lined up on Ambassador Drive was enough to bring tears to Dani Probert’s eyes.

Every motorcycle stretching around the Thunder Road Harley Davidson — and the more than 1,000 riders — represented emotional and monetary support in honour of the late NHL enforcer Bob Probert.

That support translated into more than $100,000 raised for cardiac care in Windsor-Essex before bikers even revved their engines Sunday morning at the seventh annual Bob Probert Ride.

Bob Probert’s surviving family — his wife Dani, his children Brogan, Tierney, Jack and Declyn, his mother Theresa and father-in-law Jim — are the driving force behind the ride.

“There’s no words,” Dani Probert said. “There really are no words for this. It’s overwhelming. The week leading up, there’s so much work. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride coming up, just to get here.

“And when we came around the corner off Huron Church and we pulled onto Ambassador, and you see all those bikes already lined up on the road — yeah. Got a little teary eyed, not going to lie.”


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