Blues to retire Chris Pronger's jersey

Hockey Hall of Famer played 9 seasons in St. Louis

Brad Choat
February 08, 2020 - 7:37 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The Blues have seven jersey numbers retired - and are about to add an eighth.

Team vice president Al MacInnis was first to inform fellow Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger that his number 44 will be raised to the rafters of Enterprise Center.

No date is set yet, but it will happen next season.

Pronger spent nine seasons with the Blues and remains among the franchise leaders in a number of categories. 

He will become the eighth player to have his number retired by the Blues, joining Bob Gassoff, Barclay Plager, Brian Sutter, Bernie Federko, Al MacInnis, Brett Hull and Bob Plager.

During his time in the Blue Note, he played in 598 regular-season games and tallied 356 points (84 goals, 272 assists) and 931 penalty minutes.  He was a four-time All-Star and finished in the top-five of the Norris Trophy voting five times.  In 1999-00, Pronger helped lead the Blues to the greatest regular season in team history (51-19-11, 114 pts) and the 2000 Presidents’ Trophy.  After logging 14 goals, 62 points and a +52 rating, Pronger became just the second player in NHL history (Bobby Orr) to earn the Norris Trophy and the Hart Trophy in the same season.  Today, in terms of the all-time franchise lists, he ranks 14th in games played, 9th in assists, 13th in points, 6th in penalty minutes and 1st in plus/minus (+140).

Pronger was originally drafted by the Hartford Whalers, second overall, in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Blues from the Whalers in exchange for Brendan Shanahan on July 27, 1995.

In 2017, he was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ by the NHL at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.  Internationally, Pronger represented Canada six times, including four Winter Olympic Games.  He captured a gold medal at the 1993 World Juniors, the 1997 World Championships and the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

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