Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Probert
Bob Probert had only just gotten his junior career underway with the Brantford Alexanders when the Detroit Wings drafted him in 1983. The Wings liked his blend of toughness, size, and offensive skill. In spite of his selection, though, he remained at the junior level for two additional seasons before joining the Wings in 1985-86.

During his first two years in the Motor City, Probert bounced between the Wings and the minors. In 1987-88, however, he caught on in a big way, scoring plenty of points and establishing himself as one of the most feared enforcers in the NHL. He was once described as the most powerful combination of power and skill this side of Mark Messier. But as Red Wings insiders noted, Probert was groomed to lean more toward fisticuffs than toward the development of his playing skills. As such, he is most remembered for punching a wide swath across the NHL.

After receiving a lifetime ban from the NHL for drug possession, Probert was sent to serve a six-month prison sentence in Minnesota, he entered a rehab program that brought about a recovery sufficient enough to get his ban from hockey lifted.

Late in the 1989-90 campaign, Probert was reinstated in the NHL with the Wings. He picked up his career where he left off, as a fighting man with a long reach and a willingness to stir up trouble around the goal crease.

A second offense would haunt Probert in the mid 1990s. All appeared to be well until days after he's signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 1994. Probert would be involved in motorcycle accident while under the influence, crashing his motorcycle into a car. As a consequence, Probert was suspended indefinitely from the NHL before making it back to the NHL in 1995-96 with the Blackhawks.

Upon his return to the Blackhawk lineup in 1995-96, Probert went to play six more seasons with the team before retiring at the end of the 2001-02 season.

Tragically, Probert passed away on July 5, 2010 after collapsing on a boat on Lake St. Clair, leaving behind his wife and four children.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1981-82 Windsor Club 240 Minor-ON 55 60 40 100 40
1982-83 Brantford Alexanders OHL 51 12 16 28 133 8 2 2 4 23
1983-84 Brantford Alexanders OHL 65 35 28 63 189 6 0 3 3 16
1984-85 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 4 0 1 1 21
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 44 20 52 72 172 15 6 11 17 60
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds M-Cup 4 1 2 3 34
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 44 8 13 21 186 -14
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 32 12 15 27 152 10 2 3 5 68
1986-87 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 13 11 24 221 -6 16 3 4 7 63
1986-87 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 7 1 4 5 15
1987-88 Detroit Red Wings NHL 74 29 33 62 398 +16 16 8 13 21 51
1988-89 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 4 2 6 106 -11
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 3 0 3 21 0
1990-91 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 16 23 39 315 -3 6 1 2 3 50
1991-92 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 20 24 44 276 +16 11 1 6 7 28
1992-93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 14 29 43 292 -9 7 0 3 3 10
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 7 10 17 275 -1 7 1 1 2 8
1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks NHLMGNT
1995-96 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 19 21 40 237 +15 10 0 2 2 23
1996-97 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 9 14 23 326 -3 6 2 1 3 41
1997-98 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 14 2 1 3 48 -7
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 78 7 14 21 206 -11
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 69 4 11 15 114 +10
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 7 12 19 103 -13
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 61 1 3 4 176 -9 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 935 163 221 384 3300 81 16 32 48 274


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1988) Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 23, 1994.
Suspended for entire 1994-95 season for violating NHL substance abuse policy, September 2, 1994.
Missed majority of 1997-98 due to rotator cuff injury vs. Detroit, November 16, 1997.
Officially announced his retirement November 16, 2002.
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