An absolutely scary incident took place during the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks hockey game on Tuesday as Jay Bouwmeester suffered a medical emergency and collapsed on the bench after a hockey shift.
Bouwmeester collapsed during a TV timeout with 7:50 remaining in the first period. Medical personnel from both teams as well as EMS rushed to his aid.
There’s no word on the cause of emergency but he was stretchered off the ice and immediately rushed to a local medical facility. The moment has been partially caught on video and while it’s important to note how quickly the Blues players, specifically Vince Dunn and Alex Pietrangelo got the attention of the trainers, please note, the footage is serious in nature.
Our prayers go out to the NHL veteran. Multiple reports are that he almost hit his head on the boards while passing out but the Blues did an excellent job of getting the attention of medical staff the moment they realized something was wrong.
The St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks have agreed to postpone tonight’s game with the focus being on Bouwmeester’s well being. The official statement from the NHL is below:
Tonight’s game between the @StLouisBlues and @AnaheimDucks has been postponed by the NHL due to a medical emergency that occurred at 12:10 of the first period involving defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. A decision on when the game will be played will be made in the near future.
We’ll have more information as it becomes available. According to the Blues telecast, Bouwmeester was alert and responsive on his way to the hospital.
UPDATE: The Blues released a statement early Wednesday morning, giving an update on Bouwmeester’s status:
“With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift,” the Blues said in the statement. “Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.“
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