Boston University researchers say NHL enforcer Bob Probert was suffereing from a degenerative brain disease at the time of his death.
The Sports Legacy Institute is saying that analysis of Probert's donated brain revealed that he had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy ((CTE)).
Probert died back in July of heart failure at age 45 or 46- reports vary on his age. He played 16 seasons in the NHL mainly with Chicago and Detroit. His 3,300 penalty minutes rank fifth on the league's career list.
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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.
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