Last night during the game between the Blues and Ducks, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a cardiac issue on the bench. He lost consciousness and the defibrillator had to be used, but leaving the arena he was conscious and later at the hospital he was alert and in good spirits. The incident caused both the Blues and Ducks to mutually agree to postpone last night’s game.
Bouwmeetser is currently undergoing a battery of tests to determine what happened, but Doug Armstrong said that the outlook is “positive” this afternoon during his press conference. He offered thanks to the staff and medical crew of the Honda Center for their quick actions in helping Bouwmeester and in aiding his transport to the UC Irvine Medical Center.
Alex Pietrangelo visited Bouwmeester yesterday after the game and Facetimed with the team, which he said “made everyone feel a lot better knowing he was in good hands.” He couldn’t explain how the incident felt other than it felt like an eternity, but once they handed it over to the medical staff, they knew it was taken care of.
A still visibly shaken Pietrangelo said “if you’ve been around us, you know how close we are. We’re lucky to have each other going through something like this.”
Pietrangelo praised the Anaheim Ducks and the rest of the hockey community who immediately started reaching out to the Blues and offering their well-wishes to Bouwmeester.
The Blues will be playing tomorrow night in Vegas, and seeing Bouwmeester in good spirits made the team feel better, according to Pietrangelo. Tomorrow the captains will be taking hockey questions after the pre-game skate, but the Blues are asking for privacy right now for Bouwmeester and for all players and will be releasing information as it becomes available. No updates were available as to when the game was going to be scheduled, but it would start with a 1-1 tie on the scoreboard.