St Louis Blues Legend Bobby Plager Killed in a Car Accident Aged 78 — Here Are the Details

Jené Liebenberg
Mar 25, 2021
01:15 P.M.
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The St. Louis Blues legend Bobby Plager, who was part of the team for more than five decades, tragically died in a car accident at the age of 78. 

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The NHL icon Bobby Plager, who was part of the St. Louis Blues for more than 50 years, tragically passed away after being involved in a car accident on Wednesday. 

The St. Louis Blues released a statement confirming the legend's passing and shared a heartfelt tribute in honor of one of their family's most valuable members. 

Bobby Plager cheering during the St. Louis Blues Victory Parade on June 15, 2019 | Getty Images

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FATAL ACCIDENT

The accident that took Plager's life was on Interstate 64 in St. Louis, where another woman was involved. The NHL legend was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, and the woman sustained minor injuries. 

The St. Louis Blues expressed their shock and grief over the death of Plager in a heartfelt tribute that they posted on social media. The tweet read

"Our hearts are broken after learning of the passing of Bobby Plager. It is unimaginable to imagine the St. Louis Blues without Bobby."

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FAMILY BUSINESS

Plager and his two brothers made the St. Louis Blues their home and professional ice hockey their family business. Plager skated onto the rink for the team for the first time in 1967. 

The Blues rival team, the St. Louis Cardinals, also expressed their sadness over the loss of the NHL legend and tweeted their condolences. 

He played with his brothers for several seasons and went to the Stanley Cup finals three times as a trio. Plager hung up his skates in 1978 but remained involved with the team in various ways. 

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BLUES FAMILY

The hockey team that was home to Plager for more than five decades was sure to pay proper tribute to their legendary number 5 player. 

The St. Louis Blues' general manager Doug Armstrong delivered a statement shortly after the news of Plager's death surfaced, sharing what an impact he had on the team and the sport. Armstrong said

"As Bobby would fondly say, he's number five in your program, but number one in your hearts. That holds true today, and forever as Bobby truly is the St. Louis Blues."

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MANY JERSEYS

Plager remained involved in the team, wearing many jerseys as he exercised his influence in various capacities. The 78-year-old was known as a bruiser to be reckoned with on the ice and became a noteworthy coach. 

Plager led a minor-league Blues team to a championship game in 1990 and was upgraded to the team's head coach in 1992. After 11 games, Plager decided to return to his position of vice-president of player development. 

The Blues rival team, the St. Louis Cardinals, also expressed their sadness over the loss of the NHL legend and tweeted their condolences. 

Carlo Colaiacovo, a Canadian hockey player, took to social media to share his shock over the sudden death of Plager and a sweet tribute to him. 

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