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by George Malik on 04/07/11 at 04:37 PM ET
I don’t want this to get lost in the Zetterberg injury update thread because it’s a reality check of the first order: the Windsor Star’s Sonja Puzic reports that family members and friends of late Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert will hold a charity motorcycle ride almost a year after Probert’s passing to raise funds for a very worthy cause:
In memory of hockey legend Bob Probert, Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital and [Canadian Auto Workers] locals 444 and 2458 are organizing a fundraising motorcycle ride this June to benefit the local angioplasty program. The June 26 inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride will be led by former Detroit Red Wing and Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios and will start at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, then wind through Windsor and Essex County.
The ride will raise funds for the expansion of Hotel-Dieu’s angioplasty program. The hospital has only one cardiac catheterization lab and is looking to build a second one as part of a major expansion project. Probert, 45, a former Detroit Red Wing and NHL all-star who lived in Lakeshore, died suddenly of heart failure last July after collapsing on a boat in Lake St. Clair.
His wife, Dani Probert, said Thursday her family is honoured to raise money for a worthy cause in his memory. For more information visit probertride.com.
Perhaps appropriately, the Sault Star’s Mike Verdone spoke to Danny Gare, Rick Vaive and Mike Krushelnyski about Probert’s absence from the NHL’s Alumni Tour. Probert’s greatly missed by just about everyone who knew him.
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