ANAHEIM, Calif. (KMOV.com) -- The Blues and Ducks game has been postponed after Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on the bench, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced late Tuesday.
Bouwmeester collapsed with 7:50 remaining in the first period of Tuesday's game in Anaheim.
"Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay," Armstrong said. "He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center."
Armstrong said Bouwmeester, 36, was conscious and alert and undergoing further tests. He said the team would update the defenseman's condition Wednesday morning. Armstrong plans to address the media in Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon.
The replay from the game shows Bouwmeester clear the puck and skate off the ice to the bench. Then Vince Dunn worriedly calls for the training staff as the game is stopped.
Radio play-by-play man Chris Kerber said medical staff used paddles on Bouwmeester and that he was responsive before they took him to the hospital. Bouwmeester's dad is with him since this was the Blues Father's Trip.
Analyst and former St. Louis Blues player Jamie Rivers reflected on the scare, "I just yelled to my wife saying, 'oh my God somebody went down on the bench,' and it brought back memories for myself and my wife from being in Detroit with Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench."
This is Bouwmeester's 18th NHL season.
Support pours in
Wednesday morning, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson tweeted, "Scary situation at last night’s @StLouisBlues game. Sending positive thoughts to the team, Jay Bouwmeester and his family. Hoping he makes full, speedy recovery."
Several NHL teams also expressed their concern and sent their thoughts and prayers to Bouwmeester and the Blues.
We join the hockey community in sending our thoughts and well wishes to Jay Bouwmeester, his family and the Blues💙 https://t.co/cbV1xaTPXt— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 12, 2020
We are keeping Jay Bouwmeester, his family, and the St. Louis Blues in our thoughts today. Wishing all the best. https://t.co/995mzhVRnM— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 12, 2020
We’d like to send our thoughts and prayers for Jay Bouwmeester, his family and the entire St. Louis Blues organization. 💙#HockeyIsFamily— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 12, 2020
We join the hockey community and the St. Louis Blues in sending our thoughts and prayers to Jay Bouwmeester and his family. 💙💛 https://t.co/tM0qO8cbWf— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) February 12, 2020
Our thoughts and hearts are with Jay Bouwmeester, his family and the @StLouisBlues organization after this evening's incident in Anaheim.— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 12, 2020
Our thoughts are with Jay Bouwmeester, his family, and the Blues organization right now. 💙 https://t.co/MVCAWm996L— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) February 12, 2020
Our thoughts are with Jay Bouwmeester, Jay's family, and the Blues organization tonight. https://t.co/cCFznShmGW— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 12, 2020