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Robert Bryant Plager (born March 11, 1943) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League for 14 seasons from 1964 until 1978. 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.

Bob Plager
BobPlager2014.jpg
Plager in 2014
Born (1943-03-11) March 11, 1943 (age 76)
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Baltimore Clippers
NHL
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1962–1978

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Early careerEdit

Plager grew up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in a hockey family. His father was the chief official in the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. Plager played junior hockey with the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters and the Guelph Royals. Known for his aggressive, highly physical play, Plager broke what was then the Ontario Hockey Association record for penalty minutes in a season in 1961-62. He signed a professional contract with the New York Rangers in 1964 but only played 29 games with this club over the next three years, spending most of his time with the minor league Baltimore Clippers. The NHL's expansion gave Plager his chance to become an NHL regular; he was traded to St. Louis with Gary Sabourin, Tim Ecclestone and Gord Kannegiesser for Rod Seiling on June 6, 1967.[1]

Blues playing careerEdit

Plager was reunited with his brothers as the St. Louis Blues started their existence with a hard-hitting, defensive-oriented squad that appeared in three straight Stanley Cup Finals. Plager earned a reputation as a bruising player with a devastating hip check. Off the ice, he was known as a prankster who was able to bond teammates through his lighthearted demeanor.[2] Despite injuries, Plager was able to play 615 games over 11 years on the St. Louis blue line.[3]

Post-playing careerEdit

Plager retired from on-ice action in 1978 and took a job with the Blues front office. He is credited with developing the process of advanced scouting. During the 1990–91 season, he took over as head coach of the Peoria Rivermen, a Blues affiliate club. In his one season behind the bench, he led the team to a Turner Cup championship and won the Commissioners' Trophy as coach of the year. During the 1992–93 season, he was slated to begin his tenure as Blues head coach, but, unhappy with his new role, he resigned after 11 games to return to his job as vice president of player development.[4]

His jersey was retired on February 2, 2017, only the 7th for a Blues' player.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1959–60 Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters OHA-Jr. 44 0 1 1 37 5 0 1 1 4
1960–61 Guelph Royals OHA-Jr. 43 3 12 15 99 14 3 8 11 73
1961–62 Guelph Royals OHA-Jr. 50 5 22 27 161
1961–62 Kitchener-Waterloo Beavers EPHL 3 0 0 0 2
1962–63 Guelph Royals OHA-Jr. 45 11 28 39 97
1962–63 Baltimore Clippers AHL 4 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 0 10
1963–64 St. Paul Rangers CPHL 61 13 35 48 158 8 3 6 9 21
1964–65 New York Rangers NHL 10 0 0 0 18
1964–65 Vancouver Canucks WHL 31 5 12 17 103
1964–65 Baltimore Clippers AHL 19 2 12 14 27 5 0 0 0 6
1965–66 New York Rangers NHL 18 0 5 5 22
1965–66 Minnesota Rangers CPHL 44 7 12 19 145
1966–67 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1966–67 Baltimore Clippers AHL 63 3 16 19 169 9 0 5 5 15
1967–68 St. Louis Blues NHL 53 2 5 7 86 18 1 2 3 69
1968–69 St. Louis Blues NHL 32 0 7 7 43 9 0 4 4 47
1968–69 Kansas City Blues CHL 5 1 3 4 16
1969–70 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 3 11 14 113 16 0 3 3 46
1970–71 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 1 19 20 114 6 0 2 2 4
1971–72 St. Louis Blues NHL 50 4 7 11 81 11 1 4 5 5
1972–73 St. Louis Blues NHL 77 2 31 33 107 5 0 2 2 2
1973–74 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 3 10 13 48
1974–75 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 1 14 15 53 2 0 0 0 20
1975–76 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 3 8 11 90 3 0 0 0 2
1976–77 St. Louis Blues NHL 54 1 9 10 23 4 0 0 0 0
1976–77 Kansas City Blues CHL 4 0 2 2 15
1977–78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 11 0 3 3 52 6 0 3 3 6
CPHL/CHL totals 125 21 55 76 386 14 3 9 12 27
NHL totals 644 20 126 146 802 74 2 17 19 195

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
St. Louis Blues 1992–93 11 4 6 1 (9) (resigned)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - Bob Plager
  2. ^ Honored Numbers - Bob Plager - St Louis Blues - History
  3. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/p/plagebo01.htm
  4. ^ Archives - Philly.com
  5. ^ "Plager retirement ceremony set for 6:30 p.m." NHL.com. January 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Plager, Bob : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum". Jewsinsports.org. 1943-03-11. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  7. ^ All-Time List of Jewish Skaters in the NHL

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