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Blues honor Hall of Fame D MacInnis with statue

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Blues honored Al MacInnis with a statue depicting the Hall of Fame defenseman loading up for a booming slap shot before their home opener.

Despite rain, hundreds of fans attended the ceremony Thursday night for MacInnis, who played for the Blues from 1994-2004 and now is vice president of hockey operations. The statue is located outside the Scottrade Center, next to one of fellow Hall of Famer Bernie Federko.

After taking a look at the statue with stick raised high in the air, team announcer John Kelly joked that MacInnis "could score from here, you had such a big shot!"

The Federko statue had been in the concourse, but team chairman Dave Checketts wanted both outside where they could serve as a meeting place for fans. Checketts said a statue of Brett Hull will be next.

"You'll be able to say, 'Meet me at Bernie, or meet me at Al,"' Checketts said. "Maybe you'll see, 'Meet me at Brett.' That's got to be the next one."

MacInnis was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007, a year after the franchise retired his No. 2. He is third among defenseman in points (1,274), assists (934) and goals (340) and helped the Blues make the playoffs all 10 seasons in St. Louis.

"When I grew up I was no different than any kid in Canada," MacInnis said. "You dream of playing in the National Hockey League and you dream of winning the Stanley Cup and the Blues have afforded me two honors that really are beyond anyone's dreams."

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