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Chicago Blackhawks: Top 5 Goons in Franchise History

Chicago Blackhawks, Al Secord (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
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#1: Bob Probert

Bob Probert is one of the most memorable enforcers in the history of the National Hockey League. Many have even stated that he was the best fighter to ever play the game. Hawks legend Eddie Olczyk took note of Probert’s presence on the ice during his career. “I don’t think there is any doubt, in his era he came as tough as there was,” said Olczyk. “He was tough as nails. You stayed well clear of him when he was on the ice and when you were on his team you knew he had your back. He knew his role and he was tough. He was tough.”

Probert played in 935 games during his career and accumulated an astonishing 3,300 penalty minutes with the Detroit Red Wings and the Blackhawks. Since he spent a good length of his career in Detroit, he is only eighth all-time in Blackhawks franchise history for PIM. In NHL history, he has the fifth-most penalty minutes all time, having played in fewer games than those above him on the list.

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Many believe that Probert could have played even longer, had not he been in so many fights and physical altercations. He ended up passing away relatively young at only the age of 45, and this could also be attributed to the fact of how physical he was during his playing days as well.