Front OfficeBob Plager
Community Relations & KMOX Radio
Bob Plager joined the St. Louis Blues in their inaugural season in 1967-68 as a player and has served various capacities within the organization. He currently works in the Blues’ community relations department and also is an analyst on KMOX during Blues home games and on post-game shows.
Plager became the 16th Head Coach in Blues history on May 1, 1992. Plager also served as the Head Coach for the Rivermen during the 1990-91 season, leading the club to a 58-19-5 record and captured the Turner Cup as the champion of the International Hockey League. During that season, the Rivermen broke 40-plus IHL records and Plager was voted by his peers as the Coach of the Year.
Plager has also served the franchise as Director of Professional Scouting, Vice President and Director of Player Development, a Special Assistant to the General Manager, Assistant to the Director of Hockey Operations, Head Coach for Salt Lake City of the Central Hockey League and was a scout for the Blues handling special assignments.
After the 1977-78 season, Plager retired after playing 14 seasons in the National Hockey League. He was a fierce competitor known best for knocking opponents to the ice with his famous hip check. Plager made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers during the 1964-65 season and was traded to St. Louis on June 6, 1967. Plager currently ranks fifth all-time on the Blues with 615 games played and ranks eighth with 762 penalty minutes. In his 14 year NHL career, he played in 644 games, registered 146 points (20g, 126a) and tallied 800 penalty minutes.
Bob resides in St. Louis and has two children, Melissa and Bobby and two grandchildren, Jacob Plager Briggs and Katie.