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Former Blues defenseman Rik Wilson dies at age 53

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 cause of death was not given.

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.