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1996-97 Bob Probert Chicago Blackhawks Game Worn Jersey - Team Letter
Lot #541

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1996-97 Bob Probert Chicago Blackhawks Game Worn Jersey - Team Letter
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1996-97 Bob Probert Chicago Blackhawks Game Worn Jersey - Team Letter
Lot #541

This road red air-knit gamer by Nike was worn by Bob Probert during the 1996-97 NHL playoffs. 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 passed away last summer at only 46 years of age.

Probert played in 6 playoff games in 1996-97 and scored a couple of goals and added an assist while amassing 41 PIMS. The game wear on this playoff set size 56 sweater consists of stick marks, board burns, washed out bloodstains, fraying to the numbers, pulls and areas of pilling. The front collar shows separation, undoubtedly from being tugged upon during an on-ice skirmish. Penned in black sharpie on the reverse of the NHL shield is the number 3. This jersey was worn by Probert during the prime of his Blackhawks career, in a year that saw him establish his single season Chicago best of 326 PIMS, the last time he passed the 300 mark in his career. Shown above, for your enjoyment, are video highlights of Probert letting fly while wearing his road red Blackhawks sweater.