Plager remembers the simpler, rougher Stanley Cup Finals when there was only 1 ref

It's been 49 years since the original Blue Bobby Plager played in a Stanley Cup Final, he says it used to be "war."

Brian Kelly
May 31, 2019 - 1:10 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Stanley Cup Final returning to St. Louis after a 49-year wait has the original Blue, Bobby Plager, looking at how the game has changed since his Cup Final experience.

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Plager says when he played in the 1968, 69 and 70 finals, winning the Stanley Cup meant more to the players, because almost all of them were Canadian and grew up dreaming of winning the trophy. He says the games back then, with only one referee, were like war.

And although it's well known now that Plager likes to pace the press box and not watch as much of the live action during the playoffs, he's still paying attention.

"What I have a hard time with now is the two referees out there, I never know what they're gonna call," Plager says. "Sometimes they call it and they will let some things play, then all the sudden they make a call and it drives me crazy."

He also says this city has treated him well for the past few weeks, and he hasn't paid for a meal or drink in a long time. 

"Every place I go in the city now I walk in and sit down and they say, 'Hey, I'll take care of that,' or 'I'll take his bill.' I've ate free or drank free in this city for the last three weeks," says Plager. "So lets keep it going."

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