Blues name ex-defenseman MacInnis vice president

Updated: November 7, 2006, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Al MacInnis was hired Tuesday to be the team's vice president of hockey operations.

"His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL. He is a first-class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis," Blues president John Davidson said in a statement.

MacInnis ranks third among NHL defensemen with 340 career goals and 1,274 points in 23 seasons.

A native of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, MacInnis was drafted by Calgary with the 15th pick in the 1981 draft.

He spent 13 seasons with Calgary and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1989 when he helped lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup title.

MacInnis, acquired by the Blues in 1994, spent 10 seasons in St. Louis. He is first among Blues defensemen in goals (127), assists (325) and points (452).

While in St. Louis, MacInnis played in seven NHL All-Star games and won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman in 1999.

During the 2003-04 season, MacInnis played just three games for the Blues before sustaining a career-ending eye injury.

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