Forward Philip McRae has already worn a couple of different numbers in his short pro career and now he's changing again. But this time, it's for a reason dear to his heart.
McRae has decided to surrender No. 38 in honor of Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev, two former Blues who wore No. 38 in St. Louis and were killed in the Sept. 7 plane crash in Russia.
"I just wanted to switch my number just out of respect for both families," said McRae, who grew up in St. Louis but didn't know either player on a personal level. "I felt like it was the right thing to do. Obviously, I feel I shouldn't be wearing it any more after that."
McRae will wear No. 39, which has been worn by Kelly Chase and Doug Weight among others in St. Louis. "I'm sure once 'Chaser' finds out, he's going to be giving me a hard time," McRae joked.
LINK to JR's story at the P-D website.