Blues to retire Bobby Plager's no. 5

One of the players in that game was Bob Plager, and he has some fond memories of the game.

Longtime Blues player Bobby Plager will join his brother and five other Blues greats when he has his jersey retired on Feb. 2.

According to a press release, Plager's number 5 will be retired during the first period of the Blues' game against the LA Kings. Plager will join Al MacInnis, Bob Gassoff, Brian Sutter, Brett Hull,  Bernie Federko and his brother Barclay Plager, who all have numbers retired.

Plager joined the blues in 1967, and in his time with the Blues, he has held numerous positions. For 10 years, he was a hard-nosed defenseman, and after his retirement he served as a head coach, a scouting director, a vice president and a director of player development.

A number 5 manner already hangs in rafters at the Scottrade Center with a heart beside it, paying homage to one of Plager's favorite sayings "number 5 in your programs, number 1 in your hearts."

Despite the banner, Plager's number was never retired, and it was most recently worn for 13 years by Barret Jackman.


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