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Tough Guy
Tough Guy

Tough Guy

My Life on the Edge
By Bob Probert, By Kirstie McLellan Day, Foreword by Dani Probert, Foreword by Steve Yzerman

SPORTS & RECREATION

304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95)

ISBN 9781600786389

Rights: WOR X CA

Triumph Books (Oct 2011)

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Overview

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.

Author Biography

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:
My Life on the Edge
By Bob Probert with Kristie McLellan Day
Foreword by Dani Probert

 

Former Detroit Red Wing Bob Probert, who unexpectedly passed away on July 5, 2010, at the age of 45, was a tough competitor and fan favorite on the ice. He racked up points, penalty minutes, bar bills and many rehab stints in his notorious career, but was eager to set the record straight and tell his own story in his own words.


 
Prior to his death he was working on his memoir, Tough Guy: My Life on the Edge by Bob Probert with Kirstie McLellan Day (Forewords by Dani Probert and Steve Yzerman) and just three months after his untimely death the hardbound version was released. Now, the paperback version is hitting stores. 



Tough Guy
is Probert’s first-hand account of his adrenaline-fueled life as the toughest fighter in the NHL, on-ice battles, reckless off-ice encounters with drugs, alcohol, customs officials, police, courts, and the NHL. Fans will be shocked by the jaw-dropping stories, but also reminded of the softer side of this family man who passed away too soon.


 
Probert was one of the most feared enforcers in the history of the NHL, but his opponents also respected the man beneath the bloodied jersey. His unique sense of humor and countless unforgettable stories are all woven throughout and will live on for years to come in Tough Guy.



About the Authors:
Bob Probert, born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, was a winger with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks between 1986 and 2002. A loving husband to Dani and a dedicated father to their four children, Probert supported many local charities and twice visited troops in Afghanistan. H died suddenly on July 5, 2010, while boating with his family near Windsor. He was 45.



Kirstie McLellan Day has written four books, including the No. 1 best-selling memoir of Theo Fleury, Playing with Fire, as well as Above and Beyond, a biography of cable magnate JR Shaw, Under the Mat, a memoir with Diana Hart of the Hart wrestling family, and No Remorse, a true-crime story. The Calgary mother of five is currently working on a memoir with Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean.


CONTACT: Josh Williams, Independent Publishers Group, 312-337-0747, jwilliams@ipgbook.com

 

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