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Blues to Honor MacInnis Before Nov. 16 Game

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues
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ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues announced today that former defenseman Al MacInnis will be honored in a pre-game ceremony on November 16 for his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame when the Blues host the Columbus Blue Jackets. All fans in attendance will receive a DVD celebrating MacInnis’ career.

He will become the 13th player who donned the Bluenote to enter the Hall and will officially be inducted on November 12. The other players included in this year’s Hall of Fame class include Mark Messier, Ron Francis and former Blues Captain Scott Stevens.

MacInnis currently ranks third all-time among NHL defensemen in goals (340), assists (934) and points (1,274), and ranks seventh with 1,416 games played. He also ranks 13th all-time among NHL players in assists, 31st in points and 21st in games played.

The Port Hood, Nova Scotia native was drafted by Calgary as their first choice, 15th overall, in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with the Flames on December 30, 1981 vs. the Boston Bruins. MacInnis spent 13 seasons with Calgary (1981-94), appearing in two Stanley Cup Finals (1986 and 1989) and capturing the Stanley Cup Championship in 1989 along with the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason’s most valuable player. He also appeared in six NHL All-Star Games as a member of the Flames, and was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team twice (1990 and 1991) along with being named to the Second All-Star Team
three times (1987, 1989 and 1994) while in Calgary. MacInnis currently ranks first in Flames franchise history with 803 games played and 609 assists, and he ranks second with 822 points.

After spending over a decade with Calgary, the Blues acquired MacInnis on July 4, 1994. He spent 10 seasons in St. Louis, shattering franchise records for defensemen. MacInnis played in 613 games with the Blues, ranking first all-time among Blues defensemen in goals (127), assists (325) and points (452). While in St. Louis, he was selected to appear in seven NHL All-Star Games, was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team twice (1999 and 2003) and won his first James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 1999. During his final season in 2003-04, MacInnis played just three games for the Blues after suffering a season-ending eye injury.
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