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Ex-Red Wings, Blackhawks tough guy Probert dies

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DETROIT (AP) -Retired hockey enforcer Bob Probert, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks and struggled to overcome drinking problems, has died. He was 45.

Family friend Rich Rogow says Probert was on a boat in Lake St. Clair with his wife, children and in-laws when he "developed severe chest pains" Monday.

Rogow says Probert's father-in-law gave him CPR. Probert later died at Ontario's Windsor Regional Medical Center, where Rogow spoke at an evening news conference.

Probert played for the Red Wings in 1985-1994 and for the Blackhawks in 1995-2002.

Blackhawks President John McDonough says in a statement that Probert "will always be a member of the Blackhawks family." A message was left for a Red Wings spokesman.

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