ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Nobody will ever wear the #44 for the Blues again.
Last February, the Blues announced they would retire Chris Pronger’s #44. The Hall of Fame defenseman was given the news by former teammate Al MacInnis during a season ticket holder event at the Stifel Theater.
Pronger will be the eighth Blues player to have their jersey hung in the rafters.
He was acquired in a controversial trade with the Hartford Whalers before the 1995 season for fan-favorite Brendan Shanahan but soon became one of the elite defensemen in the NHL.
He played nine seasons for the Blues, compiling 84 goals and 272 assists, and went to the All-Star Game four times. In 2000, Pronger won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman and the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.
Pronger's #44 will be retired on Jan. 17, 2022. At the game, the first 12,000 fans in the Enterprise Center will get a replica retirement banner.