In March, legendary St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager passed away in a car accident in Missouri. Three months later, the final report on the cause of his death was revealed.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Plager died of a “cardiac event” before his car crashed. St. Louis Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Graham said Plager’s death was listed as natural.
Plager was by himself in his SUV when the crash occurred on Interstate 64. Another vehicle was involved in the accident, but thankfully that driver’s injuries were treated at a nearby hospital.
Although this final report officially closes the book on this tragic accident, the NHL world will continue to honor Plager’s legacy.
The final report on the cause of death of former St. Louis Blues defenseman Bob Plager has confirmed that he died of a “cardiac event” before crashing his SUV in March. https://t.co/uN8NldbjBc
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 23, 2021
Plager, an Ontario native, played for the Blues from 1967-78 after spending the first three seasons of his career with the New York Rangers. Along with his brothers Barclay and Billy, he helped the Blues reach the Stanley Cup Finals in three straight seasons from 1968-70.
Once his playing career came to an end, Plager joined the Blues’ front office in an advanced scouting role. He also made a brief stint as the team’s head coach during the 1990-91 season.
Our thoughts remain with the Plager family during this time.
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