The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs kick off tomorrow, and for the first time in 26 years the Detroit Red Wings won’t be lacing up their skates. A 25-year playoffs streak by the Detroit Red Wings is one of the greatest feats in the history of professional sports.
Throughout the years the Detroit Red Wings roster included some all-time greats. Amongst those names to represent the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was one half of the ‘Bruise Brothers’ duo, Bob Probert, who retired in 2002 and later died of a heart attack in 2010 at the early age of 45. Seven years later, Bob Probert’s ashes will be laid to rest inside of the Detroit Red Wings’ penalty box as a posthumous tribute to the enforcer.
The ceremony of laying Bob Probert’s ashes took place during the Red Wings’ final home game of the season, and it was emotional for everyone involved. The ceremony also marked the final game in the Joe Louis Arena, their home for the past few decades. Here’s one of Bob Probert’s daughters sending out a tweet about the memorial to her father:
Here’s Bob’s wife laying her late husband’s ashes to rest in the penalty box, the place Bob Probert spent a considerable amount of time during his career as an NHL enforcer:
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