Tough Guy: My Life On The Edge

Tough Guy: My Life On The Edge

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by Bob Probert, Kirstie McLellan Day
     
 

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Documenting his notorious career with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Probert details in this autobiography how he racked up points, penalty minutes, and bar bills, establishing himself as one of the most feared enforcers in the history of the NHL. As Probert played as hard off the ice as on, he went through rehab 10 times, was

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Documenting his notorious career with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks, Bob Probert details in this autobiography how he racked up points, penalty minutes, and bar bills, establishing himself as one of the most feared enforcers in the history of the NHL. As Probert played as hard off the ice as on, he went through rehab 10 times, was suspended twice, was jailed for carrying cocaine across the border, and survived a near fatal motorcycle crash all during his professional career, and he wanted to tell his story in his own words to set the record straight. When he died unexpectedly of a heart attack at the age of 45 on July 5, 2010, he was hard at work on his memoir—a gripping journey through the life of Bob Probert, with jaw-dropping stories of his on-ice battles and his reckless encounters with drugs, alcohol, police, customs officials, courts, and the NHL, told in his own voice and with his rich sense of humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781600786389
Publisher:
Triumph Books
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
400,765
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet 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.

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Tough Guy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tough Guy by Bob Probert chronicles the life of the NHL heavyweight. While the left wing player thought of himself as invincible, as time went on, he figured out that he was just as vulnerable as everyone else. This book is directed at more mature audiences, but can be influential to people who have no clue what a power play is. This book describes Probert's rise from pond hockey, to farm teams, to the NHL. Probert quickly finds his place in the "Show" as the fighter, the one to always throw the first punch. Bob Probert puts his new found fame to use, but not in a good way. Probert soon finds himself in a downward spiral of drugs, drinking, and rehab in the criticizing public eye. While some people may have automatic judgments about Probert's decisions, the way he wrote his autobiography, he makes you understand. He knew he wasn't perfect, and he saw all the terrible things he did in his past. Probert thought he was untouchable just because an ice arena of thousands of people were chanting his name daily. He learned differently as he grew older, and he wrote this book to get the story right. While Bob Probert may be gone, he leaves this book where the seemingly "tough guy" turned out to be just as naive and vulnerable as the rest of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge (Hardcover) 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 *****!
1562 More than 1 year ago
I have not read the book yet as I purchased it for my 15 year old grandson. He loved it and just getting him to read a book was a good thing. He sees me reading all the time and has now passed the book on to me to read.
Wolf2 More than 1 year ago
Bob Probert was with the Wings when I was growing up. I was very young at the time so I really only knew of him as an enforcer and I didn't even know about the legal stuff. This book opened my eyes and really taught me about the guy. We all love to party and some of us have gotten into some trouble, it doesn't make us any less of a person. This is a very good and easy read that I was sad to finish it. RIP Bob.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R.I.P BOB PROBERT!!!!! HE WAS NOT MY FAVORITE HOCKEY PLAYER THOUGH. I GOT A QUESTION ON THE COVER DOES HE HAVE FRONT TEETH BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE HE DOES'T?????? PLEASE ANSWER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bob was a family man off the ice but one of the toughest guys to ever to play the game. He would do anything it took to win the game, until he ran into trouble with the cops and drugs. He got addict to coke and also he drank way to much. He was always in and out of rehab and tried to stay clean but couldn’t until his kids were born and then it looked like he was going to turn it around but he fell back into the wrong path. He lied to his kids wife and teammates most of his career so they really didn’t know what was happening until he got in trouble with the cops for trying to bring coke over the board from canda to the US. Overall this book is amazing it takes you through the many ups and downs a player will have throughout his career
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Not bad. You can tell he wrote it but still interesting.
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