St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. (Photo courtesy: stlouisblues.com).
LAS VEGAS – St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong and Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo gave an update on defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s condition after Jay suffered a cardiac episode during Tuesday’s game in Anaheim against the Ducks.
“First, Jay Bouwmeester’s doing very well at the UCI Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim. Jay is currently undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night, but things are looking very positive.”
Armstrong immediately thanked Ray Berilli, the Blues and Ducks medical staff, and all trainers and physicians involved for their immediate response. “Thanks again to everyone involved at the Honda Center and the Ducks organization for their life-saving efforts.”
Medical personnel used a defibrillator after Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench after finishing his shift. Captain Alex Pietrangelo and defenseman Vince Dunn called for medical personnel, and Jay was taken to local Anaheim hospital. Blues color commentator Darren Pang noted last night that Jay was “alert with his eyes open” before he was transported via ambulance, with his father Dan.
Armstrong also noted that the Blues will play their game on Thursday against the Vegas Golden Knights. He requested that the media inquire the players on hockey-related matters during pre- and post-game interviews. “Let them focus on what will be a very emotional game for them tomorrow.”
Alex Pietrangelo told the media the players were able to facetime Jay last night. “It made everybody feel better knowing he was in good hands,” Pietrangelo said. “He was in good spirits last night with us, typical Jay, so I think it certainly made us all feel a lot better knowing we had the opportunity to talk to him.”
Armstrong clarified that the game between the Blues and Ducks will be replayed at a later date, where they will play a new full 60 minutes. “I’ve been in contact with the NHL. Obviously, with the condensed schedule of all the teams from now until the end of the year, it’s difficult to find. They might have to move a couple of games for us and for Anaheim to try and make it work.
“Our score was 1-1, so we’ll start at 1-1, but we’ll play the full game, 60 minutes. That’s my understanding of what has happened in the past. They (Barbashev, Kyrou, who scored the Blues goal) get their helpers.”
The outpouring of support on social media was displayed last night, with virtually every NHL twitter account, as well as current and former players, expressing their support and positive thoughts.
The Blues and Knights play tomorrow at 9pm CT. The entire 10-minute press conference held today can be found here: