The St. Louis Blues have named former defenceman Al MacInnis their vice-president of hockey operations.

MacInnis starred for the Blues and the Calgary Flames during his 23-year NHL career before retiring after the 2003-04 season. An eye injury limited him to just three games in his final campaign.

"His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL," Blues president John Davidson said in a release Tuesday. "He is a first-class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis."

MacInnis,known for his booming slap shot, ranks third among all-time NHL defencemen in goals (340), assists (934) and points (1,274), and is sixth with 1,416 games played. Among all-time NHL players,he's 12th in assists and tied for 29th in points.

"The club is important to me," said MacInnis, "and it will be our priority to put a competitive team on the ice working towards the Stanley Cup."

MacInnis, from Inverness, N.S., was drafted 15th overall by Calgary in 1981 and made his Flames debut later that year. He spent 13 seasons in Calgary and helped the Flames to their only Stanley Cup title, in 1989.

MacInnis joinedSt. Louisfor the 1994-95 season and spent 10 seasons with the team. The Blues retired his No. 2 jersey late last season.

With files from the Canadian Press