Bill Plager

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Bill Plager
Bill Plager 1973.jpg
Bill Plager 1973
Born (1945-07-06)July 6, 1945
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada
Died January 3, 2016(2016-01-03) (aged 70)
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Right
Played for Minnesota North Stars
St. Louis Blues
Atlanta Flames
Playing career 1966 (1966)–1976 (1976)

William Ronald "Bill" Plager (July 6, 1945 – January 3, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman.

Plager started his National Hockey League (NHL) career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1967. He also played for the St. Louis Blues and Atlanta Flames. He left the NHL after the 1976 season.

Personal life[edit]

Before playing in the National Hockey League, Plager played for the Peterborough Petes in Peterborough, Ontario, where he met his wife Donna Hickey. After retiring from the NHL, Plager returned to Peterborough with Donna, sons William Jr., Brett and daughter Dara. Plager is the brother of former NHL players/coaches Bob Plager and Barclay Plager. All three played together for four seasons with the St. Louis Blues.

Plager retired from hockey and became a manager at Quaker Oats Peterborough plant and was head coach of Atom B/C IceKats, girls hockey teams in the Peterborough Girls Hockey Association.[1] He died on January 3, 2016.[2][3]


  • Traded to Minnesota by Montreal with the rights to Barrie Meissner and Leo Thiffault for Bryan Watson, June 6, 1967.
  • Claimed by NY Rangers from Minnesota in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1968.
  • Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Camille Henry and Robbie Irons for Don Caley and Wayne Rivers, June 13, 1968.
  • Claimed by Atlanta from St. Louis in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972.
  • Claimed by Minnesota from Atlanta in Intra-League Draft, June 12, 1973.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • AHL Second All-Star Team (1975)


  1. ^ "Former NHLer Plager dead at 70". Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^  SIHR. "Player Death Index - 2016". Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  3. ^ "Bill Plager, former St. Louis Blues defenseman, dies". January 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-03.

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