Most people know Bob Probert for his life as a legendary enforcer for the Detroit Red Wings. Who could blame them when his career consists of 3300 penalty minutes across 935 NHL games? (That’s roughly 3.5 penalty minutes per game).
What people seem to overlook is that Probert was also a complete source of secondary scoring for the Red Wings when called upon.
He only took roughly 1109 shots through his entire playing career, but finished with a 14.7% shooting percentage. That’s insanely high for a 3rd/4th line grinder/enforcer.
Probert knew he was a complete player, and on November 25, 1992, he made it his mission that night to remind the fans at Joe Louis Arena of that. He put on a show that night against the St. Louis Blues that no one in attendance would forget.
Not only did Probert scrap with both Kelly Chase and Stephane Quintal, he also scored two goals and notched an assist during the game. One more assist and he would have had two Gordie Howe hat tricks for the night! The Red Wings ended up handily defeating the Blues 11-6 that night and putting on one of the most dominant performances of the season.
Rest in peace, Bobby. There will never be another one quite like you.
FLASHBACK: Pavel Datsyuk goes coast-to-coast against Nashville [VIDEO]
It’s been just over a full season since former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk announced his retirement from the NHL, and his plans to move back to Russia. The Red Wings performed about as well as fans expected they would last season, the first year of the Datsyuk-less era, missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
Though his game slowed in the few years before his retirement, Datsyuk still had the skillset to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the NHL, and probably still could today. In many cases, Pavel could take on an entire team of players on the ice, and that’s what we have in this case.
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