2018-19 ST. LOUIS BLUES YEARBOOK 39
Hall of Famer Brett Hull, the Blues’ all-time leading goal scorer, returned to the Blues’ front office in 2013. Hull focuses primarily
on business development, generating additional support and revenue for the Blues franchise.
Hull first came to the Blues in a 1988 trade with the Calgary Flames. He went on to play 11 seasons with St. Louis, setting several
club records and etching his name into the NHL record books. Hull recorded more than 50 goals in five different seasons,
and he scored 70 goals or more in three-straight seasons from 1989-90 to 1991-92, becoming only the second player in NHL
history to accomplish that feat.
In the 1990-91 season, Hull set a franchise record with 86 goals, which also stands as the most in a single season by a right
winger in NHL history. He scored his first 50 goals that season in 49 games, becoming the first Blue to score 50 goals in 50
games or less. For his efforts, Hull captured the 1991 Hart Trophy as league’s most valuable player and was voted to the NHL’s
First All-Star Team. The following season, he again scored 50 goals in 50 games, becoming just the second player in NHL history
to accomplish that feat twice.
The Belleville, Ontario, native holds all-time franchise records for goals (527), hat tricks (27), game-winning goals (70), power
play goals (195) and shots on goal (3,367), while he ranks second in assists (409), points (936) and shorthanded goals (18).
Overall, Hull appeared in 1,269 NHL games across 20 seasons with Calgary, St. Louis, Dallas, Detroit and Phoenix. He ranks third
all-time in goals (741), second in power-play goals (265) and third in game-winning goals (110). He was awarded the 1990 Lady
Byng Trophy, the 1991 Hart Trophy and the 1991 Lester B. Pearson Award. Hull also played in eight All-Star Games (1989, 1990,
1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 2001).
Internationally, Hull played for the United States in two Olympics (1998 and 2002) and won a silver medal at the 2002 Winter
Games in Salt Lake City. He also played for the U.S. team that won the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
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. On Feb. 2, 2017, Plager had his no. 5 retired, becoming the seventh player in Blues history to receive that
honor. He currently works in the Blues’ community relations department, serving as an ambassador for the organization and
the sport of hockey as a whole.
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 over 40 IHL records and Plager was voted 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.
Following 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. He currently ranks eighth in Blues history with
615 games played and 10th with 762 penalty minutes.
Bob resides in St. Louis and has two children, Melissa and Bobby, and two grandchildren, Jacob Plager Briggs and Katie.