For Immediate Release
June 24, 2011
NHL Stars, Celebrities, Local Leaders Gear Up for Bob Probert Ride
Memorial event for late Red Wings enforcer raises funds for angioplasty program
Windsor, ON – Former and current NHL and OHL stars will meet up with celebrities and local community leaders to kickstart the inaugural Bob Probert Memorial Ride: In Memory of #24, The Enforcer, to raise funds for the Angioplasty Program at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital.Road captain and former Detroit Red Wings teammate Chris Chelios and Probert’s daughter Tierney Probert will address an enthusiastic crowd at 9:30 am on Sunday, June 26th at the starting spot for the ride at the Hôtel-Dieu Grace parking lot (corner of Erie and Goyeau).“This year’s ride promises to be a wonderful and exciting event,” said Bob’s wife Dani Probert, who has worked with the HDGH Foundation and Canadian Auto Workers Local 444 and Local 2458 to support this event. “I know Bob would be proud to see so many friends and supporters gathering to raise funds for the angioplasty program at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital. It’s a fitting tribute to Bob’s memory.”Probert, a Windsor native who played 16 NHL seasons with the Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, died tragically July 2010 in his hometown of a heart attack. With 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.The ride, which departs following speeches at 9:30 am, will follow a scenic route through city, waterfront and country settings. The evening is capped off with a meal served at Place Concorde (7515 Forest Glade Road) with great entertainment at the Bluesin ’n’ Cruisin Blues Fest. Bob’s bike, displayed on a flatbed trailer, will lead the group of riders on the tour. For the ride route, please visit www.probertride.com. Special GuestsIn addition to Chris Chelios, numerous former NHLers and friends of Bob including Dave Hutchison, Tony Amonte, Kyle VandenBussche, Sheldon Kennedy and Eddie Mio will be at the event, as well as current NHLers (and Windsor natives) Ryan Wilson of the Colorado Avalanche and Matt Martin of the New York Islanders. Adding to the star power will be some friends from Hollywood including Dani Probert’s sister Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, who plays the character of Steffy Forrester on the daytime Emmy-winning soap opera The Bold and Beautiful, and John Cusack, star of such movies as Say Anything, High Fidelity and last year’s comedy hit Hot Tub Time Machine.Local community leaders speaking at the event include Ken Deane, provincial supervisor for HDGH; CAW Local 444’s Rick Laporte & CAW Local 2458’s Bruce Dickie; City of Windsor Councillor Fulvio Valentinis, who will read a proclamation declaring June 26, 2011 as Bob Probert Day; and Dr. Roland Mikhail, Cardiac Interventionalist at HDGH.
For more information, please contact Pat Valleau, Interim Executive Director HDGH Foundation, at 973-4443.