ANAHEIM – Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a mysterious collapse during the first period of the Blues/Ducks game. After shifting off for a line change, the game cut to a media timeout, where a small clip of footage could see the 36-year-old veteran slumping over on the bench.
UPDATE: 11:29 Jim Thomas of the STL Post-Dispatch reported on twitter that the team was scheduled to fly out to Vegas for their Thursday contest tonight; they are staying in Orange County tonight while Jay recovers.
UPDATE: 11:27 General Manager Doug Armstrong announced this statement on the St. louis Blues official website: “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.”
UPDATE: 10:17, Darren Pang reports an Automatic Emergency Defibrillator was onsite, but there is no confirmation whether it was actually used.
UPDATE: 10:28 Chris Kerber reports the Ducks had to use the defribillator pads on Jay Bouwmeester before he was transported to a hospital. Jay’s father joined him in the ambulance and at the hospital.
Jay Bouwmeester was immediately stretchered off by Ducks medical personnel and transported to a local Anaheim hospital. The entirety of the Blues and Ducks skaters and staff exited the ice shortly after. The NHL, along with coaches Craig Berube and Dallas Eakins agreed to postpone the game, with rescheduling at a later date.
Bouwmeester collapsed roughly around 9:36pm CT, at the 12:10 minute mark during the media timeout. Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo immediately called for the attention of the medical trainers after his collapse, where Ducks medical personnel took to the scene almost instantly. According to Darren Pang of Fox Sports Midwest, Bouwmeester was alert and responsive to the Ducks medical personnel before he was escorted to a local hospital.
The game was tied 1-1 before the emergency. Adam Henrique scored on a deflection to open the scoring, and Ivan Barbashev tied the game minutes later.