In 2007, the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto discovered something Blues fans had known all along: Al MacInnis was among the best defenders to ever play. Known for his slapshot, MacInnis ranks third in all-time in scoring by defenseman.
Bob Gassoff spent four seasons with the Blues before his tragic death in a motorcycle accident. During those four seasons, Gassoff was not only the Blues' chief enforcer, but he was evolving into an all-around defenseman and team leader.
Bob Plager - #5
Retired Feb. 2, 2017
If someone targeted a teammate, you can bet they would have to answer to Bob Plager before the game ended. Plager remained a St. Louis sports legend until his passing in 2021. He was a loyal ambassador to the community and the city of St. Louis and finally got his Stanley Cup championship parade in 2019.
Barclay Plager had a profound impact on the birth of the Blues. A rock solid defender and one of the fiercest competitors in all of hockey, Plager became a legend in addition to a loyal ambassador of hockey in the community.
Thousands of words were written about Brian Sutter during his career with the St. Louis Blues. But two words best summarize what he meant to the Blues: heart and soul. For Sutter, it was all about the will to win.
Few players have impacted the game of hockey - and the Blues - like Brett Hull. A pure and legendary goal scorer, Hull was not only the most dominating player in Blues history, but also the most colorful character.
Being a hockey superstar is a lot like opening a successful restaurant: location is key to success. Federko can attest to that after 13 seasons with the Blues in which he scored 1,073 points. Federko was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.
Mean, nasty, one of the very best. Those are words used to describe Chris Pronger during his time with the Blues. Pronger played nine seasons in St. Louis and is one of only two defenseman in NHL history to win the Hart and Norris Trophy in the same season.
Honored but not Retired
The booming voice of broadcaster Dan Kelly, who thrilled and educated hockey fans for more than two decades, is silent now. But the memories will last forever. Kelly died of cancer on February 10, 1989 at the age of 52.
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