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03-01-2011, 12:42 PM
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Barclay Plager, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 5'10", 180 lbs
Shoots: Left
Nickname: "Barc the Spark"

- Played in NHL All-Star Game in 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974.
- 44 goals, 231 points in 614 regular season games played.
- 3 goals, 23 points in 68 regular season games played.

From the HOH board, intangibles resource gathered from surveys answered by NHL coaches.


Best bodychecker T-1st 1971
Best bodychecker 1st 1974

Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
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.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
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, XXX, 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.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Barclay, oldest of the Plager pugilists, is by XXX's own admission, "the best hockey player among us."
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
In addition to his family trait of aggressiveness and a knack for picking up penalties, Barclay has also been an adept scorer. His 32 points last year for St. Louis was high for a defenseman on that club.
Originally Posted by Scotty Bowman
"For some reasons, Barclay never really got a chance to prove himself in the NHL, despite his fine minor league record, We knew all along that he had fine puck-handling ability to go alonger with his reputation as to go along with his reputation as a fighter. It was no surprise that he's done as well as he has."

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