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Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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Best hockey book I've read. Good details and in depth with his off ice problems.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good book as someone who followed the Red Wings for decades. It really gave you in insight into Proberts career. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sad story, albeit interesting to hear the true life of a hockey tough guy.Published 8 months ago by Bigdaddy
An amazing (and sometimes depressing) insight into the life of one of hockey's future legends. The first-person narrative really makes you feel connected to the man behind the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by W. Gray
Great book. I'm a Detroiter and obviously a Red Wing fan. Well written about his life. Shared the book with my friends. Miss him.Published 10 months ago by Debra E. Baird
Really enjoyed this. Sad, and tragic in some ways, but great insights on being an enforcer in the NHLPublished 11 months ago by Peter F Raleigh