Bob Plager Biography – Bob Plager Wiki
Bob Plager (born Robert Bryant Plager) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 14 seasons from 1964 until 1978, primarily for the St. Louis Blues. He was an original member of the Blues, joining the team as a defenseman in their inaugural season of 1967-68. He played 11 of his 14 years in the NHL in St. Louis, scoring 20 goals and notching 121 assists as a Blue. He also served as the team’s captain for a few seasons in the 1970s.
As a player, Plager was known for his effective hip check and was one of the most feared players on the ice. Plager ranks seventh all-time in Blues history in games played with 615, and 10th in penalty minutes with 762.
After his playing years, Plager served as Blues head coach for a period in 1992, was the coach of the year in the AHL for the Blues’ affiliate in Peoria in 1990-91, was the franchise’s director of professional scouting, special assistant to the general manager, assistant to the director of hockey operations and a scout for the Blues.
In 2017, his No. 5 was the seventh jersey to be retired by the Blues, joining his brother Barclay’s No. 8. His NHL career began with the New York Rangers in the 1964-65 season and was traded to St. Louis on June 6, 1967.
Bob Plager Age
He was born on March 11, 1943, in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada. He died on March 24, 2021, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He was 78 years old.
Bob Plager Wife
Is Bob Plager married? He married Robyn Sher (Robin Plager), a Jewish staffer he met during his playing days while he was a patient at Jewish Hospital. He subsequently converted to Judaism.
Bob Plager Children
He has two children, Melissa Plager-Briggs and Bobby and two grandchildren, Jacob Plager Briggs and Katie. His daughter, Melissa Plager-Briggs, is married to husband, Dave, and they have two children, Katie and Jacob.
Bob Plager Family
He grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in a hockey family. His father was the chief official in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. He had two brothers, Bill and Barclay, who also played in the NHL, including all three together for four seasons with the St. Louis Blues. Barclay passed away from a cancerous brain tumor in 1988. When the Blues won the Stanley Cup in 2019, Bob took the trophy to his brother’s gravesite. Billy Plager, the youngest of the Plager brothers, passed away in 2016. He was buried in Peterborough, Ontario.
Bob Plager Death
Blues legend Bob Plager passed away on March 24, 2021, at the age of 78, after a car crash on I-64 in St. Louis. The Blues released the following statement on the passing of Bobby Plager: “It is unimaginable to imagine the St. Louis Blues without Bobby Plager. He was an original 1967 member of the St. Louis Blues, but also an original in every sense of the word. Bobby’s influence at all levels of the Blues organization was profound and everlasting, and his loss to our city will be deep.
“Bobby liked to say he was No. 5 in our program, but No. 1 in our hearts. 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.
“The St. Louis Blues send all of our love and support to his family, and we hope everyone will find strength knowing that Bobby got his parade.”
Bob Plager Cause of Death
Plager died from injuries resulting from a two-vehicle crash on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) in St. Louis on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.
Bob Plager Net Worth
Bob Plager’s net worth is unclear.
Bob Plager Height
He was 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) tall.