On Tuesday night, the Blues and Ducks game came to a halt with 7:50 remaining in the first period. The medical staff from both benches acted quickly and were able to save another life. Jay Bouwmeester defenseman for the St. Louis Blues collapses on the bench after finishing a shift early in the first period.
The game was immediately postponed and Bouwmeester was taken to UC Irvine hospital where he underwent surgery to get an (ICD) implantable cardioverter defibrillator. The ICD is very small and will control/monitor Bouwmeester’s heart beat. The hockey community has rallied together and it really shows as teams from around the league share their support.https://twitter.com/ArizonaCoyotes/status/1228090207435665409 https://twitter.com/NHLFlames/status/1228153223967428624
Once Jay Bouwmeester is released from UC Irvine he will be flown back to St. Louis to be monitored by Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University doctors. There is no timetable for Bouwmeester’s return as his health is most important. The St. Louis Blues have placed Bouwmeester on IR and recalled defenseman Niko Mikkola from the San Antonio Rampage.
Hockey is a beautiful yet rigorous and intense game, player’s safety and health have to be a top priority. We have seen cardiac episodes happen in games before and if the medical staff isn’t quick to act on these situations lives could be lost. We are a family in the hockey community and when scary episodes like this happen everybody comes together. Hockey is for everybody! Happy Valentines Day 🙂