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Former Blues defenseman Rik Wilson dies

American ice hockey player Rik Wilson of the St. Louis Blues on the ice during a game, November 1984. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

American ice hockey player Rik Wilson of the St. Louis Blues on the ice during a game, November 1984. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS -- 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.

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