Former Blues defenseman Rik Wilson dies

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ST. LOUIS (AP) Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Rik Wilson has died. He was 53.

The team made the announcement Friday on its web site. The club didn’t list a cause of death.

Wilson was the 12th overall pick in 1980 by St. Louis. He played 235 regular season games and 22 postseason games with the Blues and also had brief stints with the Flames and Blackhawks, retiring after the 1987-88 season.

From 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.”