He was probably the most feared and well-respected powerful guys in NHL historical past, and people who had been courageous sufficient to drop the gloves with Bob Probert inform the story in a brand new guide.Bob Probert|B Bennett/Getty ImagesMike Hartman: “My father watched the battle from the penalty field the place he was taking photos of the Purple Wings for a particular mission they wanted. My father was the crew photographer. Once I performed, my father would watch from the seats, besides that night time he was within the dwelling penalty field. After our battle, Bob was despatched to the penalty field with a reduce above his brow. Then Bob turned to my father and stated, ‘I’m going to harm your son tonight.’ “
Kevin Kaminski: “Within the locker room earlier than sport, I instructed Olie (Kolzig), ‘Tonight’s the night time.’…He checked out me and stated, ‘What do you imply?’ I stated, ‘I’m preventing Probie.’ He stated, ‘No you’re not. Why?!?’…I stated, ‘He’s getting previous and I wish to say I fought ‘The Legend’…so I did…I had a bunch of household there that night time. It was a reasonably cool night time. Fought The Legend and didn’t get knocked out.(Laughs)”
Chris Dingman: “My first shift was after a objective. I lined up at middle, he got here out on proper wing and simply stated to me calmly, ‘Did your coach ship you out right here to offer me a strive?’ And I stated, ‘No, however in order for you, we are able to go.’ And he goes, ‘Are you certain?’ And I stated, ‘Yeah.’ So at the least he requested me. So we ended up preventing, and all I can keep in mind was Theoren Fleury from the bench, and a few different guys: ‘KEEP SWINGIN’ DINGER! KEEP SWINGIN’!’ I assume I did fairly good and went and sat within the penalty field. The adrenaline was pumping, and Jeff Odgers came to visit and he’s like, ‘Good job.’ “
Neil Sheehy: “All I knew is that he was attempting to unfold my nostril over my face, and I needed to outlive the battle and attempt to give my crew a lift by standing as much as him with out getting beat up. I survived the battle. I used to be glad that we didn’t play in the identical division the place groups met eight instances per season in a 21-team NHL.”
Ka-Dy King (former professional boxer and coach): “I do know Manny (Corridor of Fame boxing coach Emanuel Steward) introduced him in. Manny would usher in plenty of sports activities folks and totally different celebrities to discover ways to field. So he introduced in Bob Probert and two different youthful guys. At first Bob, consider it or not, was so inexperienced. I’m a talent man, so Manny needed me to work with him, not damage him. Educate him totally different punches and throwing shorter punches. Then in the future that motherf—er punched me so onerous. I imply actually onerous. I needed to inform Manny, ‘If I can’t hit him, he’s gonna kill me!’”
Tom Kurvers: “I cross-checked him as soon as in entrance of the online, and he punched me within the head and just about knocked me foolish. (Laughs) And I’m most proud that I used to be in a position to hold taking part in. It wasn’t a battle; it was a: don’t-ever-come-near-me-again punch within the head.”
Jamie Pushor: “Later in his profession and he nonetheless needed to battle. He was in search of a battle. He’d battle the identical method proper until the top of his taking part in profession. He was a brawler. He was an excellent fighter. Yeah, I’m glad my helmet stayed on. (Laughs) Put it that method.”
Craig Berube: “I fought him like eight or 9 instances in my profession. You had been at all times serious about it, that’s for certain, earlier than the sport. As a result of he was an enormous man, very robust, clearly highly effective, powerful. However an actual trustworthy man on the market. By no means tried to do something soiled or something like that. Very trustworthy participant. It’s a disgrace he’s not round.”
Chris Kotsopoulos: “He was like a battleship cruising the ice able to tackle all comers. Loads of guys had been simply merely scared sh–much less of him.”
Ken Daneyko: “I used to be glad I received out of it alive. He caught me within the ear. I had just a little cauliflower ear after. (Laughs) However I hung in there. Happily I used to be robust sufficient to not get strung out along with his lengthy attain. However I simply keep in mind his tenacity. He was a man to be reckoned with and revered due to the actual fact he didn’t appear to worry anyone.”
These quotes are excerpted from the brand new guide Dealing with Bob Probert: Portrait Of A Hockey Legend by Scoop Malinowski, out there for $5.99 at Amazon.ca.
Malinowski has additionally authored Dealing with Federer, Dealing with McEnroe, Dealing with Andy Murray, Dealing with Serena Williams/Steffi Graf (double guide), Dealing with Sampras and Heavyweight Armageddon: The Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson Championship Battle.
Tags: detroit pink wings, chicago blackhawks, nhlAbout the AuthorMark MalinowskiMark ‘Scoop’ Malnowski is a New Jersey-based journalist and creator. He has additionally printed a number of books, together with “Heavyweight Armageddon! The Tyson-Lewis Championship Battle” (2008), “Marcelo Rios: The Man We Barely Knew” (2011) and “Dealing with Federer” (2013).