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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160078562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bob Probert was a winger with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks between 1986 and 2002. He supported many local charities and twice visited troops in Afghanistan. He died suddenly in 2010 at the age of 45 while boating with his family. Kirstie McLellan Day is the author of Above and Beyond, No Remorse, the number one bestselling memoir Playing with Fire, and Under the Mat. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Dani Probert is the wife of Bob Probert. Steve Yzerman is a former player for the Detroit Red Wings, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Customer Reviews

Great and fast read I would definitely recommend this book to hockey fans.
Bradley M McKenzie
Everyone's heard the things about Bob Probert, but if you want the straight talk, straight from the horse's mouth, this is the book for you.
Derrick White
This was a great insight into the life of the hockey player that was Bob Probert.
Jim

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Scott Moore on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bob Probert was cuffed with his hands behind his back. He was facedown on the ground with a cop's knee on his neck. Probert told him he was probably the fat kid in school that was always picked on, and that's why he became a cop. Probert's face was a mess after that comment. The worst part was that the cop took his $600 sunglasses.

Tough Guy is the no nonsense expose that's part Animal House and part Slap Shot. This is a story of a time in sports that is so different from today that it's hard to believe that it was only a couple decades ago. Probert was such a hard party machine that he would stay out all night, till 7 A.M. dress for practice and play that night. He was a smoker. He microwaved his urine to fool the testers into thinking it had just come out of his body and yet he occupies some interesting spots in the record books.

The book opens with an emotional narrative of that last day of Probert's life. Kirstie McLellan Day stirs the emotional soup by quickly shifting the book to Probert's voice and taking us back in time to a fight with Tie Domi. Probert tells us of Domi's first shot at fighting him, filling the page with four letter words, you are suddenly jolted out of the opening passage of the book. You know you are in Probie's world now.

Probert's ability to party was stunning; it's amazing he had time for hockey. An example of Probert's thought process: when meeting the press with fellow draft pick, Steve Yzerman, Probert assessed him as "fairly serious...and not someone you would expect to be sitting next to in a jail cell, laughing off a hangover."

But he did have time for hockey. In the 1988 Playoffs he broke Gordie Howe's playoff record of 21 points. Probert held that record until 1995.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By CGS17 on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a Leaf fan that hated Bob Probert as a kid. As I got older and Probert moved on to Chicago I respected him much more and appreciated his abilities. I guess that comes with age as I learned to respect Stevie Y much the same way even though I was sick to my stomach at having to watch the Wings win Stanley Cups. This is an excellent account of Probert's life told in his own words and I thought it was very well done. I literally could not put this book down and read it in one night. Definitely worth it for any hockey fan - not just Red Wing and/or Blackhawks fans.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. NOLAN on October 19, 2010
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This book is fantastic, and for fans of Bob Probert, it is extremely insightful. The book opens with a prologue from Steve Yzerman and Mrs. Probert, and goes on to recount the day that Bob passed away. Chapter 1 starts the autobiographical story of Probie's life, and he goes into great detail about the highs and low's of his career. To truly understand 'The Enforcer,' this is a must read. Thanks for the memories Bob-
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John B. Cimino on November 13, 2010
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There can be no doubting that Bob Probert was the toughest, greatest and most feared fighter to ever lace on a pair of skates. It's true, ask anyone who has ever played the game or any knowledgeable hockey historian. It all came down to his influence and aura. Who did every hockey player who ever dropped the gloves try to emulate? 9 times out of 10 they will say, Bob Probert. No other fighter had more of a charisma and intimidation factor to this level before or since than ol' 24. The dynamic of the game changed once he hit the ice because Probert could do so much more than just be the reigning NHL heavyweight Champion, he could play the game. The most interesting thing about Probert was that he didn't have to do a ton of steroids to become a good enforcer (see Tony Twist) and didn't practice and train to the level of most players. His best way to train was to booze, party and bar room brawl all night long and then go out on the ice the next day and let his natural ability lead him to greatness. Can you imagine how good he could have been if he had his life together??? He went to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse, survived car and motorcycle crashes and was fined and suspended countless of times and still the NHL would always take him back!! Why??? Because he was that good!! Now that's amazing if you really look at how he lived his life!! Surely, all this abuse broke his body down and lead to his eventual downfall (especially when he went to Chicago in the 1995-96 season after being suspended for a year) because although feared and still a great fighter, he was never the same as he was in Detroit. Reading this book will explain to you just what was going on in the world of Bob Probert and at times it may be funny but it is also a testimony of self-destruction in a violent sport.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CrackerJack on October 30, 2010
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A riveting book about the greatest enforcer in the history of the NHL. "Probie" was also a fine all around player who could make a play in the best hockey league in the world. I knew Bob was wild and crazy but not this wild! Bob really had some demons and I don't think he could do much about them but try every day to overcome them. In a way I feel sorry for him and what he put his wife and family through but it's the "whole truth and nothing but the truth" from a guy who wasn't much afraid of anything! To me, in this book, "Probie" wanted to come clean so you got the facts right from the horses mouth. Great book if you love hockey ! Five Stars *****!
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