St. Louis blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was conscious and alert after suffering a cardiac episode during Tuesday nights game against the Anaheim Ducks. Bouwmeester had just completed a shift before collapsing on the teams bench during a tv timeout.
Teammates Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo were near Bouwmeester when the episode occurred. Both teammates immediately called for help, and medical trainers from the Blues and Ducks organizations rushed over to help Bouwmeester. The medical teams were able to stabilize Jay, and he was rushed to a local hospital.
It was a crazy scene for everyone involved, and both organizations agreed to postpone the rest of the game until a further date. Bouwmeester is the oldest player on the St. Louis Blues roster (age 36 and 4 months), however despite his age, he is in top shape. I mean the guy once had a streak of 737 consecutive games played, which ended in the 2014-2015 season. It’s just crazy to think that something like this can happen to someone who is so physically active on a nightly basis.
Kudos to the training staffs, teammates, and organizations for saving this man’s life. Bouwmeester will be going through further testing, and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery!