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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Blues issue health update on Jay Bouwmeester after scary collapse on bench

Jay Bouwmeester

The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night issued an update on the medical status of Jay Bouwmeester after the defenseman had a scary episode on the team’s bench.

Bouwmeester collapsed on the Blues’ bench during the first period of the team’s game against the Ducks in Anaheim after completing a shift. The game was postponed with 7:50 remaining in the first period.

The incident was scary and left the teams involved and fans in attendance extremely concerned about Bouwmeester’s condition. The good news is the Blues say Bouwmeester is “conscious and alert” and undergoing testing at a medical center. They said Bouwmeester had a cardiac episode.

“With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift. Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning,” general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

Bouwmeester, 36, is the oldest player on the Blues. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has many more details about the situation, says Bouwmeester’s father was on the trip as part of a “Dads Trip” and accompanied his son to the hospital.

The game is set to be made up at a later date. Bouwmeester has nine points in 56 games this season.

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