There is one former Detroit Red Wing who embodied everything that an enforcer should be for his team and that man is Bob Probert. Darren McCarty and Joey Kocur are up there, but when Probert was on the ice the other team knew that they were not going to get away with any cheap shots or dirty play. Probert was the Red Wings police officer.
Probert was a big guy at 6’3″ and as fiercely loyal as they come. If Steve Yzerman or another teammate was given a cheap shot, Probert made sure that the opposing played paid for it.
In his heyday with the Red Wings, Probert was a player who could put up 300 penalties in minutes and 40 points a season.
Sadly, Probert was never rewarded for his efforts with a Stanley Cup victory, but that was on Probert. The Red Wings tried to do everything they could to keep Probert out of trouble, but there always seem to be more and more off ice issues with him and after the 1993-94 season Detroit let him walk as a UFA.
He quickly signed with the Chicago Blackhawks, but never quite had the same success with them that he did with the Red Wings.
Probert passed away on July 5th, 2010, while boating on Lake St. Clair and despite it being a long time since he was a Red Wings it hit a lot of fans and former teammate hard.
Bob Probert was a legendary fighter in the NHL and was involved in some of the best fights in NHL history.
To end on a lighter note here are some of the great NHL moments that the Bruise Brother, Bob Probert gave us.