Former NHL defenseman Billy Plager, one of three Plager brothers to play with the St. Louis Blues during the early days of the franchise, has died at age 70.
He was the youngest of three Plager brothers to play with the Blues and in the NHL, joining older brothers Barclay Plager and Bob Plager. Bob Plager is the only one of three still living; Barclay Plager died in 1988.
In 263 NHL games from 1967-76, including 127 with the Blues from 1967 to 1972, Billy Plager had four goals, 38 points and 294 penalty minutes.
“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of Billy Plager,” the Blues said in a statement released Sunday. “Billy spent more time with the Blues than any other franchise and engrained himself in the St. Louis community during his tenure. His tireless work ethic and dedication was influential in establishing the identity of the Blues during the early years of the organization.
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“Our most heartfelt condolences go out to his brother Bobby and the entire Plager family.”
The youngest Plager brother also played with the NHL’s Minnesota North Stars and Atlanta Flames.