Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Barclay Plager
As a hockey player, Barclay Plager was know as "Barc The Spark" because of the competitive fire that burned within his average-sized frame. Growing up in Kirkland Lake, Ontario meant either working in the local mines or hitting the ice for a ticket out of town. Plager opted for the latter in spite of his obvious lack of skill.

When he hooked up with the Peterborough Petes of the OHA in 1958, he embarked on the start of a lengthy trek along the journeyman's path to the NHL. What he lacked in skill was more than made up for with an unbending commitment to win at all costs.

His minor league voyage brought him through stints with the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens, Quebec Aces, Pittsburgh Hornets, Edmonton Flyers, and Omaha Knights and even a three-year appointment with Eddie Shore and the Springfield Indians.

When the St. Louis Blues were born in 1967, Plager finally got a shot at full-time NHL employment. He wasted little time in establishing himself, along with his equally bruising brother, Bob, as the heart of his team's defense. In those early days, he was the Blues leading shot blocker, body crusher, and blueline scorer.

In all, he lasted nine seasons with the Blues, winning the hearts of the fans that admired his fierce competitiveness and gutsy style of play. Over the 614 games he played for St. Louis, Plager complemented his 1,115 penalty minutes with 44 goals and 187 assists. Part of the price he paid for all his time in the penalty box was 15 broken noses and hundreds of stitches.

After retiring from on-ice action in 1978, Plager developed his career within the ranks of the Blues' management, as a scout, an assistant coach, and eventually as the club's head coach. Sadly, Plager was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer during the mid-1980s, a disease he finally succumbed to in 1988.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1957-58 Quebec Baronet MMJHL
1957-58 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 4 0 0 0 2
1958-59 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 4 16 20 252 19 6 6 12 74
1958-59 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 12 0 2 2 62
1959-60 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 48 8 27 35 165 12 1 7 8 37
1960-61 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 48 11 33 44 165 3 0 0 0 23
1960-61 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 3 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 1 1 2
1961-62 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 60 8 16 24 102 10 1 1 2 22
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 13 0 1 1 15
1962-63 Edmonton Flyers WHL 52 2 18 20 67
1963-64 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 14 61 75 208 10 2 11 13 29
1964-65 Springfield Indians AHL 39 3 16 19 65
1965-66 Springfield Indians AHL 58 11 20 31 54 6 1 0 1 0
1966-67 Springfield Indians AHL 36 6 12 18 60
1966-67 Omaha Knights CPHL 11 1 10 11 39 12 3 8 11 42
1967-68 Buffalo Bisons AHL 20 2 13 15 37
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 49 5 15 20 153 +4 18 2 5 7 73
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 4 26 30 120 +31 12 0 4 4 31
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 75 6 26 32 128 +2 13 0 2 2 20
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 69 4 20 24 172 +11 6 0 3 3 10
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 78 7 22 29 176 +6 11 1 4 5 21
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 8 25 33 102 0 5 0 1 1 0
1973-74 St. Louis Blues NHL 72 6 20 26 99 -11
1974-75 St. Louis Blues NHL 76 4 24 28 96 +20 2 0 1 1 14
1975-76 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 0 8 8 67 -6 1 0 0 0 13
1976-77 St. Louis Blues NHL 2 0 1 1 2 +1
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 75 6 42 48 157 9 2 4 6 12
1977-78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 46 2 19 21 80
NHL Totals 614 44 187 231 1115 68 3 20 23 182


Brother of Bill and Bob
OHA-Jr. First All-Team (1961)
CPHL First All-Star Team (1964)
Most Valuable Defenseman - CPHL (1964)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1977)
Tommy Ivan Trophy (MVP - CHL) (1977) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1970, 1971, 1973, 1974)
Claimed by Detroit from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 4, 1962. Traded to Springfield (AHL) by Detroit for cash, August, 1964. NHL rights transferred to Los Angeles after NHL club purchased Springfield (AHL) franchise, May, 1967. Traded to NY Rangers by Los Angeles for Trevor Fahey, Ken Turlick and Jim Murray, June 16, 1967. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Red Berenson for Ron Stewart and Ron Attwell, November 29, 1967.