St. Louis Blues legend Bob Plager has died in an automobile crash, the team confirmed on Wednesday afternoon. The accident ,which involved two cars happened on highway 64 in St. Louis. Plager was the only person in his car and a woman driving the other car was taken to the hospital.
Plager, who was a defenseman and original member of the Blues (when they came in as an expansion team in 1976) played with his brothers Barclay and Billy for four seasons in St. Louis. Barclay Plager passed away in 1988 and Billy in 2016.
The team issued the following statement:
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.
To hear Doug Armstrong speak on Plager CLICK HERE.
Tributes to Bob Plager from Twitter:
“I can still see the little smirk as Bobby would walk up to me to tell a couple jokes. Almost as if he had already said it in his head and was holding back the laugh. I’ll always cherish those little moments with him. Rest In Peace #5” — T.J. Oshie
“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” — Pat Maroon
“We all love you Bobby.” — Cam Janssen
“Bob wouldn’t want us sad, we all know that.But all the people he has touched, in his beautiful life, have sore, tender hearts now, and will forever, with our loss. Thank you Bob for welcoming me, and my family, into the Blues World and making me feel like I played here. RIP” — Darren Pang