Filmmaker Discusses Bob Probert Documentary

Geordie Day dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his new film, "Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story"

May 10, 2019 - 8:47 am
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Filmmaker Geordie Day dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his new documentary, “Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story,” which offers an intimate portrait of the life and career of legendary NHL tough guy Bob Probert, who died of a heart attack in 2010. He was 45.

Probert played for the Red Wings and Blackhawks and was known as an enforcer on the ice and for his legal problems off of it.

“It was something the league hadn’t really seen before,” Day said on Ferrall on the Bench. “A lot of players were drinking and partying, but the drug scandals that he was involved in were nothing the league had seen. Getting caught at the border with cocaine, spending a year in prison and coming back after that was really unprecedented. I think that’s why it blew up so much in the media.”

While Probert’s run-ins with the law were well-documented, so were his hits – and fights – on the ice.

“When you actually go back and watch some of these fights, it really is shocking,” Day said. “You see things that you just don’t see now. A lot of knockouts – some pretty crazy stuff for sure.”

The documentary also delves into Probert’s personal life – both the good and the bad.

“In the documentary, there is a lot of focus on Bob’s battle with addiction,” Day said. “I think that’s one of his most difficult challenges in life, but there were a lot of periods where he was straight and clean – and the last few years of his life he was clean. . . . Friends and family all say he was an incredibly sweet, nice guy.”

Click below to listen to Day’s interview in its entirety.