ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some sad news to pass along for fans of St. Louis Blues hockey.

Former player Rik Wilson has died at age 53.

“Our prayers and thoughts are with the Wilson family with the passing of Blues Alumni Rik Wilson,” a Twitter post from the Blues alumni page reads.

The Blues selected Wilson with the 12th overall pick in the 1980 NHL Draft. A defenseman, he played from 1981-1988 with St. Louis, Calgary, and Chicago before retiring. Wilson spent five seasons in St. Louis, appearing in 235 regular season games and 22 postseason games with the Blues.

Below is a statement issued by the St. Louis Blues:

“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of Rik Wilson. Rik donned the Blue Note with pride and passion during five of his six NHL seasons. He was a valued member of not only the Blues organization but the St. Louis community, where Rik and his family settled following his retirement. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilson family during this difficult time.”

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