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Bobby Plager 2021 St. Louis Blues hockey legend dies in car crash

Bobby Plager 2021 St. Louis Blues hockey legend  dies in car crash

Bobby Plager 2021 St. Louis Blues hockey legend dies in car crash

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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:00:00 -0700

ST

.

LOUIS — Bobby Plager, who starred for the St

.

Louis Blues during 11 of his 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, was killed on Wednesday in a car 

Louis Blues' Stanley Cup victory in 2019.

Plager was killed in a car crash on Wednesday.

He was 78.

(Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS — Bobby Plager, who starred for the St.

Louis Blues during 11 of his 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, was killed on Wednesday in a car crash on an interstate, the team said.

He was 78.

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Plager was killed in a two-vehicle wreck about 1:30 p.m.

CDT on Interstate 40 near St.

Louis, the St.

Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

His death was confirmed by Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in a video statement.

“As Bobby would fondly say: ‘He’s No.

5 in your program, but No.

1 in your hearts,” Armstrong said.

“That holds true today and forever as Bobby truly is the St.

Louis Blues.”

Doug Armstrong shared a statement on the passing of Bobby Plager.

https://t.co/eFVcQygsQS #stlblues pic.twitter.com/VAB4Uggipc

Several police units responded to the scene of the crash.

Police did not say what caused the crash, but there was a Cadillac SUV and a Dodge minivan with significant damage at the scene, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The occupant of the other car, a woman who is believed to have been the driver, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, KSDK reported.

After beginning his career with the New York Rangers in 1964, Plager became a member of the Blues when the NHL expanded in 1967.

While a low-scoring defenseman, Plager had 20 goals and 141 assists during his career.

He retired after the 1977-78 season.

RIP Bob Plager

At least he finally got his parade 🙌🏻🙏🏼#stlblues

pic.twitter.com/xQbCcwuVke

“He was an original 1967 member of the St.

Louis Blues, but also an original in every sense of the word,” the Blues said in a statement.

Bobby’s influence at all levels of the Blues organization was profound and everlasting, and his loss to our city will be deep.”

Plager and his brothers, Barclay and Bill, played four seasons together with the Blues, KTVI reported.

After his playing career, Bobby Plager served in a variety of roles in the Blues’ front office and on the ice, the television station reported.

He also served as the team’s coach for 11 games during the 1992-93 season.

Plager finally got to see the Blues hoist the Stanley Cup in 2019.

The Blues retired his No.

5 jersey in 2017, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Bobby's wait to see the Blues in the #StanleyCup Final again is over.

#stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/1W01uBSy17

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Doug Armstrong shared a statement on the passing of Bobby Plager.

https://t.co/eFVcQygsQS #stlblues pic.twitter.com/VAB4Uggipc

RIP Bob Plager

At least he finally got his parade 🙌🏻🙏🏼#stlblues

pic.twitter.com/xQbCcwuVke

Bobby's wait to see the Blues in the #StanleyCup Final again is over.

#stlblues #WeAllBleedBlue pic.twitter.com/1W01uBSy17

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Bobby Plager Bobby Plager

Wed, 24 Mar 2021 15:00:00 -0700

The Blues confirmed Plager's death, saying in a statement, "today, our hearts are broken, but one day they will be warmed again by memories of his character, 

Former St.

Louis Blues player Bob Plager waves to fans while speaking during a ceremony to retire his number before an NHL hockey game between the Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Feb.

2, 2017, in St.

Louis.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Legendary member of the St.

Louis Blues Bobby Plager passed away after being involved in a car accident on Interstate 64 Wednesday.

Former St.

Louis Blues player Bob Plager waves to fans while speaking during a ceremony to retire his number before an NHL hockey game between the Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Feb.

2, 2017, in St.

Louis.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST.

LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Legendary member of the St.

Louis Blues Bobby Plager died Wednesday after being involved in a car accident on Interstate 64.

The accident happened along eastbound Interstate 64 near Vandeventer.

Police said the crash involved two vehicles.

Plager was rushed to a hospital, where he died.

A woman in the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

It’s not known what led to the crash.

The Blues confirmed Plager’s death, saying in a statement, “today, our hearts are broken, but one day they will be warmed again by memories of his character, humor and strong love for his family, our community, the St.

Louis Blues and generations of fans who will miss him dearly.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go to Bobby Jr, Melissa, and the entire Plager family,” Doug Armstrong said.

“As Bobby would fondly say, he’s number five in your program, but number one in your hearts.

That holds true today, and forever as Bobby truly is the St.

Louis Blues.” 

Doug Armstrong shared a statement on the passing of Bobby Plager.

https://t.co/eFVcQygsQS #stlblues pic.twitter.com/VAB4Uggipc

Plager, who was 78, spent more than 50 years as part of the St.

Louis Blues organization.

He began his career in the NHL in 1964, playing 14 professional seasons as a defenseman.

He joined the Blues when the franchise began in 1967.

During that time he played with his brothers Barclay and Billy, and the trio helped lead the Blues to the Stanley Cup finals in three consecutive seasons.

Barclay died in 1988, and Bill died in 2016. 

After retiring in 1978, Plager joined the Blues front office, and is often said to have developed advanced scouting techniques for the franchise.

In 1990, he coached a Blues affiliate  to a minor league championship and won coach of the year, and was named as the Blues’ head coach in 1992.

He resigned after just 11 games, choosing instead to return to his role of vice president of player development. The Blues retired Plager’s jersey in 2017. 

ST.

LOUIS, MO – MAY 5: Bobby Orr #4 of the Boston Bruins is tripped by Bob Plager #5 of the St.

Louis Blues as Orr’s teammates goalie Gerry Cheevers #30 and Don Awrey #26 look on during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 5, 1970 at the St.

Louis Arena in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO – JUN 15: Former St.

Louis Blues player Bobby Plager as seen during the St.

Louis Blues victory parade held on June 15, 2019, in downtown, St.

Louis, Mo.

(Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – FEBRUARY 28: Barret Jackman #5 of the St.

Louis Blues is joined by former Blues defensemen Al MacInnis, Helen Plager, wife of former Blues great Barclay Plager, Bobby Plager, Chris Pronger and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks before an NHL game on February 28, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St.

Louis, Missouri.

The ceremonial puck drop is to commemorate Jackman becoming the team leader in games played by a defensemen with 616 games.(Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – JUNE 15: St.

Louis Blues’ Bobby Plager, right center, hoists the Stanley Cup in front of fans during the St.

Louis Blues Victory Pep Rally on June 15, 2019, in Downtown St.

Louis, MO.

(Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Don Awrey (26) of St.

Louis Blues, Barclay Plager (5) of St.

Louis Blues, and goalie Bernie Parent (1) of Philadelphia Flyers team up to keep puck away from Dallas Smith (20) of Boston Bruins during NHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, Jan.

29, 1974 at Chicago.

Awrey, Plager and Parent represent West All-Stars, Smith represents East All-Stars.

(AP Photo/Larry Stoddard)

Former St.

Louis Blues player Bob Plager waves to fans while speaking during a ceremony to retire his number before an NHL hockey game between the Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Feb.

2, 2017, in St.

Louis.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – APRIL 25: St.

Louis Blues Alumni Bobby Plager acknowledges fans attending a pre game rally before Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 25, 2014 in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – JUNE 15: St.

Louis Blues’ Bobby Plager is seen cheering during the St.

Louis Blues Victory Parade on June 15, 2019, in Downtown St.

Louis, MO.

(Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – FEBRUARY 2: Bob Plager speaks during Plager’s number retirement ceremony prior to a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the St.

Louis Blues on February 2, 2017 at Scottrade Center in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – JUNE 15: St.

Louis Blues alumni Bob Plager greets fans during the St Louis Blues Victory Parade and Rally after winning the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on June 15, 2019 in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – MAY 5: Bobby Orr #4 of the Boston Bruins is tripped by Bob Plager #5 of the St.

Louis Blues as Orr’s teammates goalie Gerry Cheevers #30 and Don Awrey #26 look on during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on May 5, 1970 at the St.

Louis Arena in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

ST LOUIS, MO – JUN 15: Former St.

Louis Blues player Bobby Plager as seen during the St.

Louis Blues victory parade held on June 15, 2019, in downtown, St.

Louis, Mo.

(Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – FEBRUARY 28: Barret Jackman #5 of the St.

Louis Blues is joined by former Blues defensemen Al MacInnis, Helen Plager, wife of former Blues great Barclay Plager, Bobby Plager, Chris Pronger and Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks before an NHL game on February 28, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St.

Louis, Missouri.

The ceremonial puck drop is to commemorate Jackman becoming the team leader in games played by a defensemen with 616 games.(Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – JUNE 15: St.

Louis Blues’ Bobby Plager, right center, hoists the Stanley Cup in front of fans during the St.

Louis Blues Victory Pep Rally on June 15, 2019, in Downtown St.

Louis, MO.

(Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Don Awrey (26) of St.

Louis Blues, Barclay Plager (5) of St.

Louis Blues, and goalie Bernie Parent (1) of Philadelphia Flyers team up to keep puck away from Dallas Smith (20) of Boston Bruins during NHL All-Star Game on Tuesday, Jan.

29, 1974 at Chicago.

Awrey, Plager and Parent represent West All-Stars, Smith represents East All-Stars.

(AP Photo/Larry Stoddard)

Former St.

Louis Blues player Bob Plager waves to fans while speaking during a ceremony to retire his number before an NHL hockey game between the Blues and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, Feb.

2, 2017, in St.

Louis.

(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – APRIL 25: St.

Louis Blues Alumni Bobby Plager acknowledges fans attending a pre game rally before Game Five of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 25, 2014 in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – JUNE 15: St.

Louis Blues’ Bobby Plager is seen cheering during the St.

Louis Blues Victory Parade on June 15, 2019, in Downtown St.

Louis, MO.

(Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – FEBRUARY 2: Bob Plager speaks during Plager’s number retirement ceremony prior to a game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the St.

Louis Blues on February 2, 2017 at Scottrade Center in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by Jeff Curry/NHLI via Getty Images)

ST.

LOUIS, MO – JUNE 15: St.

Louis Blues alumni Bob Plager greets fans during the St Louis Blues Victory Parade and Rally after winning the 2019 Stanley Cup Final on June 15, 2019 in St.

Louis, Missouri.

(Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

Reaction came from all over on Wednesday as the news of Plager’s passing spread. 

Former Blue Pat Maroon said “R.I.P Bobby.

You were always smiling and always had a great story to tell.

The St.

Louis Blues family will miss having you around #5.

My thoughts and prayers are with Bobby and his family during this difficult time.”

R.I.P Bobby 💔 you were always smiling and always had a great story to tell.

The @StLouisBlues family will miss having you around #5.

My thoughts and prayers are with Bobby and his family during this difficult time.

#BobbyPlager

St.

Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson thanked Plager for “years of memories on and off the ice.”

A sad day for St.

Louis as we mourn the passing of a true hockey legend.

I join thousands of fans in sending my condolences to the family and friends of the great Bobby Plager and the entire @StLouisBlues organization.Thank you Bobby for years of memories on and off the ice.

#5

Former Blue Cam Janssen Tweeted simply, “We all love you Bobby,”

We all love you Bobby …

❤️@StLouisBlues

The Cardinals said their hearts are with the Plager family.

We loved Bobby and felt his love for St.

Louis.Our hearts are with the Plager family, the Blues, and all who loved Bobby.

pic.twitter.com/Ja6yjZz61S

The account of the late Laura Branigan, whose song “Gloria” became the official anthem of the Blues’ historic Stanley Cup Championship run in 2018-2019, also expressed sympathy.

So sorry about the passing of St.

Louis Blues legend, Mr.

Bobby Plager.

What a great man, & I'm so glad he got to hoist the Cup in 2019 & to have his parade down Market St.

Deepest condolences to his family, friends, Blues fans, & Blues organization.

~Kathy Golik, Legacy Manager https://t.co/UB8LJu4PCv

Copyright 2021 KMOV (Meredith Corporation).

All rights reserved

Blues legend Bobby Plager spoke to News 4 at the Stanley Cup parade about what the Blues first title means to him, his family, his former teammates and the City of St.

Louis.

ST.

LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Blues players and staff are enjoying their summer with the Stanley Cup. 

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