WINDSOR - Hundreds are firing up their motorcycles for the 2nd annual Bob Probert Memorial Ride. On June 24th, the ride will commence from Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario at 10 a.m. The event is taking place on June 24 in honor of the number Probert wore (24) throughout his NHL career.
Probert was 45 when he died of heart failure in 2010.
The Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital foundation is teaming up with CAW locals 444 and 2458 to sponsor the event.
Last year, more than $100,000 was raised for the angioplasty program at Hotel-Dieu, and will be this year's recipient once again. The program began in 2007 and has slowly expanded each year.
The ride will follow a scenic route throughout Windsor, beginning at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, 203-1106 Oullette Windsor, ON N9A 1E1, Canada. The route will be as follows:
- North on Ouellette from 1030 Ouellette Av.
- West on Riverside Dr. to Sandwich St
- South/west on Sandwich St to Ojibway Pkwy
- South/west on Ojibway Pkway to Laurier Dr. Lasalle
- South/east on Laurier Dr to Laurier Pkwy
- South/east on Laurier Pkwy to Huron Church
- South on Huron church to Concession 8
- East on Concession 8 to Dominion Golf Course 5125 Howard Av
Former Detroit Red Wing Sheldon Kennedy has been named the 2012 road captain the Bob Probert Memorial Ride. Kennedy said he and Probert rode together a lot in the 1990s.
About Bob Probert
Robert Alan Probert was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He played for both the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks during his career. Probert was known for his role as a fighter and enforcer, as well as being one half of the "Bruise Brothers" with then-Red Wing Teammate Joey Kocur, during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Probert died on July 5th, 2010 of heart failure.
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