Former forward for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, known as a fighter and enforcer, one half of the much-feared Bruise Brothers.
He played with the Brantford Alexanders of the Ontario Hockey League before being drafted by the Red Wings in 1983.
He was arrested in 2004 after an altercation stemming from drugs and was subdued with tasers by law enforcement.
His father-in-law Dan Parkinson attempted unsuccessfully to save his life with CPR on the day of his death.
His funeral was attended by former teammates and rivals, including former Red Wings teammate Dino Ciccarelli.