The Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL said goodbye this week to one of the most respected tough guys the league has ever known. Bob Probert retired from the league after 16 seasons, during many of which he was considered the "Heavyweight Champion" of NHL fighters. The 37-year-old left winger retires fourth on the all-time list with 3,300 penalty minutes.
Probert contributed more than just a physical presence, however, providing 163 goals and 221 assists in 935 games with the Detroit Red Wings and Blackhawks. At his best, Probert was an intimidating force who consistently created space on the ice for himself and his teammates. His best season was 1987-88, when he registered career highs with 29 goals, 33 assists and 398 penalty minutes.