The Blues announced today that longtime legend Bobby Plager will have his number 5 retired. Plager was aquired from the New York Rangers on June 6th, 1967. In ten seasons with the Blues, Plager amassed 141 points. He also racked up 762 penalty minutes, which is good for ninth on the Blues all time list. His 615 games played with St. Louis is sixth on the Blues all time list.
After his playing career was over, Plager would start a new career. That is he took on many executive roles within the organization. He was the Director of Professional Scouting. Served as a Vice President and Director of Player Development. He also tried his hand at coaching. He was head coach of three organizations. The first was Salt Lake City of the Central Hockey League. He guided the Peoria Riverman to a title in the 1990-1991 season. The next season he moved up to coach the Blues, and after a record of 4-6-1, resigned. Plager is still with the team as a community ambassador working in the community relations department.
The Blues have always had a banner for the number 5 with a heart in the background. This always served as a reminder of Plager's franchise commitment. The number however was not officially retired. Barrett Jackman was the last Blue to wear the number 5 after he asked for Plager's blessing.
Blues fans will be able to congratulate Mr. Plager before the game tonight. The Blues are recognizing him during the first period of the game. The actual ceremony will take place on February 2nd against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Congrats Mr. Plager!