Sports Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester won’t play again this season after cardiac episode
Bouwmeester collapses on bench, Ducks-Blues postponed
ANAHEIM, Calif. — St. Louis defenceman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a break in play in the first period, prompting the Blues and Anaheim Ducks to postpone their game Tuesday night. Bouwmeester appeared to be awake and alert as he was being transported out of the arena to a hospital. Teammates Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo immediately called for medical help after Bouwmeester slumped over with 7:50 left in the first period. After a couple of minutes, Bouwmeester was taken out on a stretcher through a tunnel next to the Blues bench and transported to a hospital.Bouwmeester appeared to be grabbing a drink of water when he began to slowly fall.
Jay Bouwmeester won’t play again this season for the St. Louis Blues as he continues to recover from a cardiac episode during a game earlier this month.
The defenceman made the announcement Wednesday during a press conference in St. Louis in what were his first public comments since collapsing on the team’s bench on Feb. 11.
The 36-year-old appeared to be taking a drink of water when he started to fall while sitting down at Honda Center in Anaheim during the first period of a game against the Ducks.
Medical personnel attended to him right away and he was later awake and alert. Bouwmeester received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedure to restore his heart’s normal rhythm a few days later.
The team placed him on injured reserve two weeks ago and he has taken the past while to get accustomed to his new normal.
Bouwmeester, playing in his 18th season, helped St. Louis capture its first Stanley Cup in franchise history last season.
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When a Teammate Collapsed, the St. Louis Blues Reeled. Then They Rallied.During the first period of their Feb. 11 game against the Anaheim Ducks, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the bench just after finishing a shift. Players from both teams helped hoist the bench out of the way so that emergency medical workers could reach the 36-year-old defenseman.
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