Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the Blues’ bench last night in what was later confirmed as a cardiac episode.
St Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong issued a statement late last night, saying Bouwmeester in in stabile condition and conscious at UC Irvine Hospital. The organisation will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.
“Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay.”
Following the incident, the teams returned to the locker rooms. The Ducks, Blues and the NHL decided to postpone the game only a couple of minutes later.
When leaving the arena, Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron respectfully declined to comment the incident.
“I don’t feel it’s fair if I talk right now,” Perron told The Athletic.
Blues’ forward Oskar Sundqvist was in attendance at Honda Center, still sidelined with a lower body injury. In an interview with Swedish news outlet GP, he speaks of the scary incident.
“It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced and we’re still shocked”, Sundqvist told GP.se. “I didn’t have time to think much. It was more about just getting down to the locker room as quickly as possible and being around all the guys”.
The NHL announced a decision on the date of the game will be made in the near future.
Jay Bouwmeester’s played in 56 games this season, putting up nine points. He’s spent the last seven seasons with the Blues, winning the Stanley Cup last year.