For Immediate Release
June 10, 2011
Windsor Mayor Proclaims June 26, 2011
Bob Probert Day
Windsor, ON – Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis encourages all citizens and all civic, social and fraternal organizations and business establishments to support the Inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride, in memory of Number 24, The Enforcer by proclaiming the day of this event, June 26, 2011 Bob Probert Day.
The Bob Probert Family in partnership with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital Foundation, CAW Local 444 and CAW Local 2458 has organized the Inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride to support the Angioplasty Program at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital.
“The City of Windsor is pleased to proclaim June 26, 2011 as Bob Probert Day in tribute to Bob’s outstanding professional hockey career, his love of family and his unwavering commitment to his community. We encourage everyone to participate in the Inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride on June 26th, as the community gathers to honour Bob’s memory and support the Angioplasty Program at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital,” said Mayor Eddie Francis.
Bob Probert is a local hockey icon, who played in the National Hockey League for 16 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks.
With Windsor-Essex being a cardiac hot-spot and cardiac illness being the cause of Bob’s death, Bob’s family has taken up the fight to provide our community with state-of-the-art cardiac care facilities at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital.
Everyone is invited to attend the ride launch to cheer the riders as they leave from the hospital parking lot at the northeast corner of Erie Street and Goyeau Avenue. The ride will follow a scenic route through city, waterfront and country settings. The day will be capped off at Place Concorde with a meal and first class entertainment at the Bluesin' n' Cruisin' BluesFest.
For more information, please contact Pat Valleau, Interim Executive Director HDGH Foundation, at 973-4443.