7th Annual Bob Probert Ride To Benefit Cardiac Care

Continuing a tradition of having the motorcycle pack led by aggressive professional hockey players, former NHLer Dave Hutchison will be ride captain of the 7th annual Bob Probert Ride on June 25.
As many as 1,200 participants have rolled out of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, the starting point. To date, the rides have raised more than $647,000 for cardiac programs and services at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, including contributing towards the new rehabilitation and wellness centre at its Tayfour Campus.
“It’s an honour to be leading the pack … I haven’t missed a Probert Ride yet,” Hutchison, who retired as a Toronto Maple Leaf in 1984, said at a Wednesday kickoff event. He recalled participating “a couple of times” with Probert in London’s Ride For Dad.
Probert, known best for his on-ice NHL role as an enforcer with Detroit and Chicago, died of a heart attack in 2010 while boating with family on Lake St. Clair. His ashes were spread in the Red Wings penalty box last month at the final NHL game to be played at Joe Louis Arena on April 9.
Ahead of this year’s Ride, Probert’s daughter Tierney is organizing the 4th annual Probert Classic charity game on June 2 at Tecumseh Arena, with NHL, OHL and AHL players, including Zack Kassian, Darian Hatcher, Aaron Ekblad, Dany Dekeyser and Dylan Larkin. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with puck drop at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 with kids under 10 free.
For more information on both events, including registration and donations, visit www.probertride.com or www.facebook.com/probertride.
Source: Windsor Star/Doug Schmidt
Photo: © Dax Melmer, Windsor Star

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