Bob Probert Had Brain Disease

BOSTON — NHL enforcer Bob Probert had degenerative brain disease when he died last year, Boston University researchers said.

The Sports Legacy Institute said Thursday that analysis of Probert’s donated brain revealed that he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Probert died last July of heart failure at age 45. He played 16 seasons in the NHL, and his 3,300 penalty minutes rank fifth on the league’s career list.

Probert is the second hockey player from the program at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy to be diagnosed with the disease after death. Reggie Fleming, a 1960s enforcer who played before helmets became mandatory, also had CTE.

The findings were first reported by The New York Times and The Globe and Mail in Toronto on Wednesday night.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

  • Also Bob

    Probert was a thug, and one of the guys that make most people out there believe that hockey is not a sport.

    So his thuggery led to his demise. I suupose that should make me feel bad for him.

    Hockey will continue to be a tier 4 sport until they clean it up. Right now it is below the UFC. At least they don’t pretend to be something they are not.

    • dman in boattown

      Well aren’t YOU quite the coward. Anonymously slamming a true NHL personality posthumously…quite the class act. In fact, rather than try to win you over, I invite you and all your Gary Bettman deciples to leave our much loved tier 4 sport alone and keep to your other hobbies, like knitting, spelling and grammar.

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