St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong issued an update on the health and status of Jay Bouwmeester on Wednesday after the veteran defenseman collapsed on the team’s bench due to a “cardiac episode” on Tuesday night in Anaheim.
According to Armstrong, Bouwmeester is “doing well” and still undergoing several tests in Anaheim to figure out what caused the episode. He also added that the outlook is very positive.
Armstrong said Bouwmeester became unresponsive on the team’s bench and that a defibrillator needed to be used to revive him. Bouwmeester immediately regained consciousness at that point and was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center where he is still undergoing tests on Wednesday.
Bouwmeester collapsed after returning to the bench mid-way through the first period following a shift. The game was immediately stopped and postponed. The league is working with the Blues and Ducks to reschedule that game. Armstrong said he immediately called Bouwmeester’s wife (who was not watching the game at the moment) to update her on what was happening. Bouwmeester’s dad was in attendance at the game as part of the Blues’ annual dad’s trip.
The Blues will return to the ice on Thursday in Vegas where they will play the Golden Knights.
Bouwmeester, 36, has played for the Blues since the middle of the 2013-14 season and won his first ever Stanley Cup with the team during the 2018-19 season. He re-signed with the Blues this summer on a one-year contract.