N.H.L. Game Postponed After Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester Collapses on Bench


ANAHEIM, Calif. — St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was conscious and alert after having a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

The 36-year-old Bouwmeester crumpled over after a long shift and during a break in play. Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said Bouwmeester was awake, alert and moving his arms and legs as he was transported to a hospital. He remained in the hospital overnight and was undergoing further tests.

The Blues were supposed to fly to Las Vegas, where they are scheduled to play Thursday, but remained in Southern California. The team is expected to provide an update on Bouwmeester’s condition Wednesday.

“Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay,” Armstrong said.

A native of Edmonton, Bouwmeester was a junior hockey star and was drafted third over all in 2002 by the Florida Panthers. He has played for Florida, Calgary and St. Louis.

The Blues in April signed him to a $3.25 million, one-year deal for this season.

Andrew Knoll contributed reporting.


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