Blues' Jay Bouwmeester has implant to help regulate heart rhythm

Tanya Simon
February 15, 2020

There was a scary scene on the St. Louis Blues' bench during Tuesday's game against the Ducks in Anaheim.

Bouwmeester, 36, had completed a 1-minute, 20-second shift and did not appear to have absorbed any big hits or contact to his head.

St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed Bouwmeester was "conscious and alert" when he was taken to the hospital.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was reportedly taken to the hospital after he collapsed on the bench during an National Hockey League game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday evening. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim's physicians.

The Blues said Bouwmeester is under the care of a medical team and will provide an update on his status early next week.

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The game, which was tied 1-1 at the time, was postponed following the incident. The team stayed overnight in Southern California before taking a chartered flight to Las Vegas, where the Blues will play the Golden Knights on Thursday.

The veteran player is now in his 17th season as a professional and has played more than 1,200 games in a career that has also seen him represent the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames. Bouwmeester also regained consciousness before he was taken by ambulance to an Anaheim hospital. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has many more details about the situation, says Bouwmeester's father was on the trip as part of a "Dads Trip" and accompanied his son to the hospital.

The NHL has pages of emergency medical standards that spell out in specific detail that at least two doctors must be in attendance for every game and one must be within 50 feet of the bench. With the Blues, he won his first Stanley Cup a year ago and an Olympic gold medal playing for Canada in 2014. He missed time in 2015-16 with a concussion, and a hip injury ended his 2017-18 season.

The Blues signed the veteran defenceman to a $3.25 million, one-year deal for this season. The defending Stanley Cup champions lead the Western Conference with 73 points, but the gap between the top three teams in the Central Division was only four points going into Wednesday's games.

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