ST. LOUIS – A private service was held Sunday afternoon at the Enterprise Center for friends and family closest to hockey great and St. Louis Blues legend Bobby Plager.
Saturday evening the Blues hosted a public event where fans could come and pay their respects to No. 5. On Sunday, those who knew him best got to say their finals goodbyes.
The celebration of life for Plager included tributes from hall-of-fame players, coaches, and legendary broadcasters, as well as speeches from family, friends, and former teammates.
Plager came to the Blues in 1967 and went on to play 11 seasons for St. Louis. After his time on the ice was up, he continued to show love and loyalty to the Blues. He served as a coach for 11 games in 1992 and has held various roles with the organization since then.
Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager died March 24 as a result of a “cardiac event” while driving on Interstate 64. He was 78.
A report from St. Louis Police said Plager’s SUV veered to the left and struck a minivan before hitting a concrete wall on the right, then crossing back over and striking a concrete center median. Plager was pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver and passenger in the van were not hurt, police said.
Fans said it’s ironic heart problems were the cause of Plager’s death, because he gave it all to the game and to the City of St. Louis for so many years.
“Bob Plager has been my idol since I was a little kid,” said Jim Blase, a self-described super fan. “What I liked about Bob Plager is that he was everything about St. Louis Blues hockey, and what I mean by that was, obviously, look how loyal he was.
“And he would do everything for the team, and the way he improved over his career. There’s nothing not to like about the man. He’s just a good man.”
Following the service, a procession led by a police escort drove down Market Street, mimicking the same path of the Blues’ Stanley Cup parade, to I-64, and on to Bellerive Gardens Cemetery for a private burial.