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Al MacInnis | Defenseman

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (54) / 7/11/1963
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 204
Drafted: 1981 / Rd. 1 (15) / CAL

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Al MacInnis will have his "number 2" raised to the rafters before February 27's game by the Calgary Flames.
The honor is causing quite a stir in Calgary as most feel the Flames should retire his number like they have done for Lanny MacDonald and Mike Vernon. "I think it’s absolute bull----," an unnamed player angrily said. "To me, that’s like being half-pregnant or ‘We’re gonna get engaged but not get married …’ It’s not a commitment at all. I understand a team like Toronto (not retiring numbers) because they’re so rich in history, but you can count on one hand how many guys in this organization deserve to have their number retired here the next 20 years." For the record, MacInnis already had his number retired by the St. Louis Blues in 2006, where he finished his lengthy career. Thu, Feb 16, 2012 06:10:00 AM
Source: Calgary Sun

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The St. Louis Blues officially retired Al MacInnis's number two on Sunday.

It is the fifth number to be retired by the Blues. "During the national anthem, I saw No. 3 (Bob) Gassoff, No. 8 (Barclay) Plager, No. 11 (Brent) Sutter, and No. 24 (Bernie) Federko," MacInnis said. "It was the names of these four men, as well as (Hall of Fame announcer) Dan Kelly, that reminded me why playing for the Blues is as good as it gets in the National Hockey League." Congratulations to Al. He had a great NHL career and will soon be in the Hall of Fame.
Mon, Apr 10, 2006 07:14:00 AM

Al MacInnis officially retired today.

The 42 year-old will join the Blues' front office rather than suiting up again this season. MacInnnis finishes his 23 year career with 340 goals and 1274 points in 1416 regular season contests, good for 3rd all-time amongst NHL defenceman. The 1999 Norris trophy winner was always one of the top fantasy defenceman available, even in his last few seasons. We wish the future hall-of-famer well in his future pursuits with the Blues.
Fri, Sep 9, 2005 06:53:00 PM is reporting that Al MacInnis will announce his retirement on Friday.

MacInnis played only the first 3 games of the 2003/04 season, before a detached retina forced him to miss the rest of the season. At age 42 MacInnis has had a hall of fame career, first in Calgary and then with the Blues. He scored 1274 points in his NHL career, winning the Norris Trophy in 1999 and the Conn Smythe as the most valuable player in the playoffs in 1989.
Thu, Sep 8, 2005 02:47:00 PM

Despite meeting with Blues' GM Larry Pleau at length on Monday, Al MacInnis has yet to announce his intentions for the 2005-06 season.

The 42-year-old MacInnis has not played since October 2003, when he had surgery on both eyes to repair a detached retina and overall blurry vision. The unrestricted free agent defenseman has indicated that he would only play for the Blues if he did return, but whether a comeback is something that is still in his mind remains unknown. No timetable for a decision has been set by either the Blues or MacInnis. If MacInnis does decide to play again, he will be a fantasy asset, provided he has not lost too much from his all-star form.
Tue, Aug 30, 2005 07:17:00 AM

The fate of Al MacInnis is still unknown.

While it seems likely that MacInnis will hang up the skates, head coach Mike Kitchen said that MacInnis is ''still the captain''. After his serious eye injury it seems doubtful that the aging defenseman would take any risks with his eye.
Thu, Aug 25, 2005 07:57:00 AM

Al MacInnis told the St.Louis Post Dispatch that he did not expect to play professional hockey again.

MacInnis, who sustained a serious eye injury two years ago, has regained a good portion of his sight. However, at 42, the Blues' defenseman indicated that he did not believe he could return to play at a high level and that he would almost certainly retire.
Sat, Jul 16, 2005 11:56:00 PM

Al MacInnis has not yet decided if he will retire from competitive hockey.

He is skating on his own in St.Louis, but has still not recovered full peripheral vision in his left eye following a serious injury over a year ago. MacInnis is an unrestricted free agent, so if he chose to return to action, he would be available to the highest bidder.
Sun, Dec 5, 2004 08:00:00 AM

Al MacInnis began light off-ice workouts yesterday, reports the St.Louis Post Dispatch.

He still can't see at all in his left eye as his lens was removed during surgery, however MacInnis will be fitted with a special contact lens shortly that will allow him some sight. The 40-year-old MacInnis is still many months away from deciding if he wants to continue his playing career.
Wed, Dec 3, 2003 02:37:00 PM

Al MacInnis had surgery on both eyes yesterday.

Although he may return at some point later this season, the Blues are going forward as if he will miss the entire season. When the surgeons operated on his left eye, they also found problems with his right eye that were corrected yesterday. The recovery time is around 16-20 weeks, so if MacInnis does return it will be late in the season. We would drop MacInnis if you own him and look elsewhere to replace his offence from your blueline.
Sat, Oct 18, 2003 07:35:00 PM

TSN is reporting that Al MacInnis could be out of the Blues' lineup for a considerable length of time due to a partially detached retina in one of his eyes.

It is too early to say how serious an injury this is, however if any kind of surgery is required to correct the problem, MacInnis would be lost to the Blues for a minimum of 1-2 months. It might even be career threatening. Stay tuned.
Fri, Oct 17, 2003 04:39:00 PM

Al MacInnis will make his first pre-season appearance tonight against the Capitals, reports the St.Louis Post Dispatch.

MacInnis has been cautious due to last season's serious shoulder injury. He should be fine come the season opener against the Coyotes on October 10th.
Fri, Sep 26, 2003 12:36:00 PM

Al MacInnis did in fact return to action last night, but was not really a factor in the Blues' 4-1 loss to the Canucks.

The Blues are now set to go golfing, and MacInnis will have plenty of time to properly recover from a severe shoulder separation. In a gutsy, but somewhat risky effort, MacInnis played about 15 minutes, was minus 1, and took only one shot on goal.
Wed, Apr 23, 2003 09:37:00 PM

Although Al MacInnis skated yesterday and travelled with the team to Vancouver, he is still doubtful for tonight's 7th and deciding game, reports the St.Louis Post Dispatch.

He may be along for moral support, but we would be shocked if MacInnis returned to action a mere 10 days after sustaining a severe shoulder separation.
Tue, Apr 22, 2003 12:30:00 PM

Al MacInnis will be out of action for 2-4 weeks with a separated right shoulder, reports the St.Louis Post Dispatch.

Well it is nice to see a team actually revealing some injury information during the playoffs. This is a big blow to the Blues' playoff chances, although Chris Pronger, Barret Jackman and Alexander Khavanov played very well last night in covering for the loss of MacInnis.
Tue, Apr 15, 2003 12:36:00 PM

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