Tuesday night's Blues-Ducks game in Anaheim was postponed following a scary incident in the first period. After completing a long shift, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the St. Louis bench after reportedly suffering a "cardiac episode" during a TV timeout. New information from a team executive reveals that the incident was a bit worse than originally speculated.
General manager Doug Armstrong told reporters on Wednesday that Bouwmeeseter required a defibrillator to revive him after his collapse. The good news is that the defenseman is feeling a lot better, according to Armstrong.
Blues teammates were seen frantically calling for help and eventually the bench area was evacuated as medical staff tended to Bouwmeester. The 36-year-old was eventually taken out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance. Reports in the arena said Bouwmeester was awake and alert before being transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.
Early Wednesday morning, the Blues offered an update on Bouwmeester's status, saying he suffered a "cardiac episode" and was in stable condition.
Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo revealed Wednesday that he and several teammates visited Bouwmeester in the hospital on Tuesday night.
The Blues placed Bouwmeester on injured reserve Wednesday.
As the incident unfolded, players and coaches were visibly shaken up while the atmosphere in the arena was extremely tense and still. Even after Bouwmeester was taken away from the rink, the emotions and unease lingered. Ultimately, the Blues and Ducks elected to postpone the game.
A make-up date will be scheduled later.