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St. Louis Blues: Numbers Honoured But Not Retired

By Edited Jan 20, 2016 0 0

The St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League have retired six jersey numbers since entering the league for the 1967-68 season. Three other numbers hang from the rafters of the ScottTrade Center in St. Louis, honouring stars from the franchises past. These three numbers have not been officially taken out of circulation like a retired number. However, just one of the five is issued. Number seven is honoured for four different players.

14 – Doug Wickenheiser

Wickenheiser played 556 regular season NHL games between 1980-81 and 1989-90 with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis, Vancouver Canucks, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Montreal selected him first overall at the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Doug played for St. Louis from 1983-84 to 1986-87. Sadly, he passed away in 1999 after a battle with cancer.

7 – Garry Unger

The NHL’s ironman before Doug Jarvis set the current mark. Unger played 1,105 regular season NHL games between 1967-68 and 1982-83 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis, Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Garry was with the Blues from 1970-71 to 1978-79.

7 – Red Berenson

Ironically, Red Berenson was traded to Detroit from St. Louis for Garry Unger during the 1970-71 season. Red would later return to St. Louis for a second go around with the club. He played 987 regular season games in the NHL between 1961-62 and 1977-78 with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, St. Louis and Detroit. Berenson played for the Blues from 1968-69 to 1970-71 then from 1974-75 to 1977-78.

7 – Joe Mullen

Mullen is the only one of the six players with their numbers honoured by the Blues to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joe was inducted in 2000. Mullen played 1,062 regular season games in the NHL from 1981-82 to 1996-97 with the Blues, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. He began his career with St. Louis and remained with the club until a midseason trade sent him to Calgary during the 1985-86 season.

7 – Keith Tkachuk

Tkachuk played 1,201 regular season games in the NHL from 1991-92 to 2009-10 with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, St. Louis and the Atlanta Thrashers. He played for the Blues from 2000-01 until the end of his career, with exception for half a season spent with the Thrashers in 2006-07.

5 – Bob Plager

Bob Plager played in the NHL from 1964-65 to 1977-78 with the New York Rangers and St. Louis. With exception of 29 games played with the Rangers in pre-expansion days, his entire career was spent with the Blues.

Retired Numbers

As mentioned, the Blues have retired six jersey numbers to date. Included is some memorable hockey talent: 2 – Al MacInnis, 3 – Bob Gassoff, 8 – Barclay Plager, 11 – Brian Sutter, 16 – Brett Hull and 24 – Bernie Federko.


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