Chris Pronger to have No. 44 retired by Blues in ceremony

NHL.com

Chris Pronger will have his No. 44 retired by the St. Louis Blues before their game against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 17.

The defenseman, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015, played 18 seasons in the NHL, nine for the Blues, and was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in 2017. Pronger won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and a gold medal playing for Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City and 2010 Vancouver Olympics. He scored 698 points (157 goals, 541 assists) in 1,167 regular-season games for the Hartford Whalers, Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Pronger was captain of the Blues, Ducks and Flyers. He won the Hart Trophy with St. Louis in 1999-00, the first defenseman to be voted as NHL most valuable player since Bobby Orr in 1971-72.

Selected by the Whalers with the No. 2 pick in the 1993 NHL Draft, he was traded to the Blues for Brendan Shanahan on July 27, 1995. 

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