No. 5 will always be in our hearts.
For the rest of the season, though, it will also be on the front of our sweaters.
The St. Louis Blues are honoring the life of Bobby Plager with a jersey patch that features his retired No. 5 surrounded by a blue heart. The patch will be worn for every game now through the completion of the 2020-21 season.
Plager was an original Blue and played 616 games with St. Louis, posting 20 goals and 121 assists (141 points). Known for his famous hip check, Plager epitomized the blue-collar, hard-working reputation of the organization, which debuted in the 1967-68 season.
After retiring as a player, Plager would serve the Blues for more than 50 years in various capacities, including head coach, scout and community ambassador.
Plager passed away Wednesday at age 78.