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Pronger jersey retirement ceremony to begin at 6 p.m.

Blues to retire Pronger's No. 44 during pregame ceremony on Jan. 17 vs. Nashville

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

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The St. Louis Blues will retire Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger's No. 44 during a pregame ceremony before the Jan. 17 game against the Nashville Predators.

The pregame ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at Enterprise Center and will be hosted by Blues radio play-by-play broadcaster Chris Kerber. Former Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis will be part of the pregame ceremony, which will also include video tributes from former teammates.

The first 12,000 fans to arrive for the game will receive a replica No. 44 banner courtesy of Bally Sports Midwest.

The jersey retirement will be available on Bally Sports Midwest and 101 ESPN.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m.

Pronger will become the eighth player in franchise history to have his number retired by the Blues, joining MacInnis (No. 2), Bob Gassoff (No. 3), Bob Plager (No. 5), Barclay Plager (No. 8), Brian Sutter (No. 11), Hull (No. 16) and Federko (No. 24).

Pronger was originally acquired by the Blues in a controversial trade that sent fan-favorite Brendan Shanahan to the Hartford Whalers on July 27, 1995. During his nine seasons with the Blues, Pronger played in 598 regular-season games and tallied 356 points (84 goals, 272 assists) and 931 penalty minutes. Pronger was a four-time All-Star as a Blue, finished in the Top 5 of the Norris Trophy voting five times and in 2017, was named one of the "100 Greatest Players" by the NHL.

Video: Pronger talks jersey retirement with media

In the 1999-2000 season, Pronger helped the Blues to their best regular-season record in team history (51-19-11, 114 points) en route to capturing the Presidents' Trophy. In that season, Pronger recorded 62 points (14 goals, 48 assists) and a plus-52 rating and became just the second player in NHL history (Bobby Orr) to earn the Norris Trophy (NHL's best defenseman) and the Hart Trophy (NHL's Most Valuable Player) in the same season.

Pronger ranks among the leaders in Blues history in multiple categories: 14th in games played (598), ninth in assists (272), 13th in points (356), sixth in penalty minutes (931) and first in plus/minus (+140).

Originally drafted No. 2 overall by the Hartford Whalers in 1993, Pronger's career lasted 18 seasons, which included stints with Hartford, St. Louis, Edmonton, Anaheim and Philadelphia. He appeared in 1,167 career regular-season games, recording 698 points (157 goals, 541 assists) and 1,590 penalty minutes. He also played in 173 career postseason games and captured a Stanley Cup championship in 2007 while playing for the Ducks.

In international play, Pronger represented Team Canada on six occasions, including in four Olympic games. He captured a gold medal at the 1993 World Junior Championship, the 1997 World Championship and at the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic games.

Amongst defenseman in NHL history, Pronger ranks 26th in points (698), 36th in plus/minus (+183), and 38th in games played (1,167).

A limited number of tickets are still available for the game against Nashville. Fans can purchase tickets online by visiting ticketmaster.com.

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