This home white air-knit gamer by Nike was worn by Bob Probert during the 1998-99 NHL season. After being drafted in 1983, Probert made his NHL debut with Detroit during the 1985-86 season. He began doing his thing right from the start, chipping in 21 points and 186 PIMS in 44 games as a rookie. He would soon make a strong impact on the Wings. In 1987 and 1988, Bob helped lead his team to the Conference Finals, where they fell both times to the Oilers dynasty. In the 1988 playoffs, Probert tallied 8 goals, 21 points and 51 PIMS in 16 games played, showing his true versatility. Probert spent his first 9 seasons with the Red Wings and during that time posted a career best 398 PIMS in 1987-88.
After some off-ice problems, Probert’s career landed him in Chicago where he ran roughshot over the league with the Blackhawks for the next 7 seasons. Still willing to mix things up, Probert’s posted 326 PIMS in 1996-97, the highest total during his Blackhawks tenure. All told Bob played for 16 seasons in the NHL and retired as one of the NHL’s all-time penalty minute leaders with 3300 PIMS! Considered one of the most feared men who ever laced up the skates, this tough guy will never be forgotten by the fans that witnessed his wrath. Sadly, Bob recently passed away at only 46 years of age.
The game wear on this size 56 sweater is solid and consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, washed out bloodstains, areas of heavy pilling, a fight strap that has suffered some trauma and a handful of team-sewn repairs including reinforcement to the front and back of the collar. Penned in black sharpie on the reverse of the NHL shield is 98-7. Affixed to the inside is the official Chicago Blackhawks inventory number. Worn by this legendary pugilist during his last 200+ PIM season.