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‘Three Things’: Filip Hronek, OHL All-Star; on the Probert Ride and Mrs. I

Of Red Wings-related note this afternoon:

1. In the prospect news department, via the Grand Rapids Griffins, Saginaw Spirit defenseman Filip Hronek was named to the Ontario Hockey League's 3rd All-Star Team:

2. In the alumni department, and in charitable news, the CBC Windsor has news regarding this summer's Bob Probert Ride:

Funds raised by the 7th annual Bob Probert motorcycle ride will be used to build a new expansion for a remote cardiac facility in Essex County.

The ride honours the NHL player who died of a heart attack while boating on Lake St. Clair, and has raised almost $650,000 for different cardiovascular hospital programs in the area since its start.

"This event has changed the landscape of cardiac health in Windsor," said Bill Marra, Vice President of External Government Relations at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare. 

Funds raised in 2017 will be used for a satellite location of the cardiac rehab centre in the Tecumseh and Lakeshore area. According to Marra, the plans for the site are still in the works and haven't been formally approved.

"For my kids, it's about constantly honouring Bob, and finding something positive in such a tragedy. Knowing we're giving back to the community and helping out...we're a part of that, and proud of it," said Probert's wife Dani.


The Ride, which is a scenic tour of Windsor and Essex County, will take place on June 25.

The Windsor Star's Doug Schmidt also checks in:

Continuing a tradition of having the motorcycle pack led by aggressive professional hockey players, former NHLer Dave Hutchison will be ride captain of the 7th annual Bob Probert Ride on June 25.

As many as 1,200 participants have rolled out of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, the starting point. To date, the rides have raised more than $647,000 for cardiac programs and services at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, including contributing towards the new rehabilitation and wellness centre at its Tayfour Campus.

“It’s an honour to be leading the pack … I haven’t missed a Probert Ride yet,” Hutchison, who retired as a Toronto Maple Leaf in 1984, said at a Wednesday kickoff event. He recalled participating “a couple of times” with Probert in London’s Ride For Dad.

Probert, known best for his on-ice NHL role as an enforcer with Detroit and Chicago, died of a heart attack in 2010 while boating with family on Lake St. Clair. His ashes were spread in the Red Wings penalty box last month at the final NHL game to be played at Joe Louis Arena on April 9.

Ahead of this year’s Ride, Probert’s daughter Tierney is organizing the 4th annual Probert Classic charity game on June 2 at Tecumseh Arena, with NHL, OHL and AHL players, including Zack Kassian, Darian Hatcher, Aaron Ekblad, Dany Dekeyser and Dylan Larkin. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with puck drop at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 with kids under 10 free.

For more information on both events, including registration and donations, visit http://www.probertride.com or http://www.facebook.com/probertride.

3. And in news of a different sort, from WWJ:

We’ve never seen her handing out cars or hanging with Gayle King, but it turns out Detroit’s Marian Ilitch and talk show impresario Oprah Winfrey have something in common.

They’re the richest self-made women in the world.

Forbes ranked the richest women in the world who earned fortunes without a leg up from family money, and Marian Ilitch, 84, came in first with an estimated $5.1 billion fortune.

Oprah came in with a comparatively paltry $2.9 billion, landing her in the third spot.

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