Blues GM: Bouwmeester 'doing very well' after cardiac episode
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has a positive prognosis after suffering a cardiac episode during Tuesday's contest against the Anaheim Ducks.
"Jay Bouwmeester is doing very well at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday, according to NHL.com's Lou Korac. "Jay is currently undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night, but things are looking very positive."
Medical staff used a defibrillator to revive Bouwmeester after he collapsed and became unresponsive on the bench during the first period, Armstrong said. The 36-year-old regained consciousness immediately and was then taken to the hospital.
"Thanks again to everyone at the Honda Center and (the) Ducks organization for their life-saving efforts," Armstrong said.
Tuesday's game was postponed after a lengthy delay and will be replayed at a later date. Armstrong said the league has told him the game will begin at 1-1 and all stats will count, but it will be a full 60-minute contest.
Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said he went to visit Bouwmeester at the hospital following the game, and the pair face timed the rest of the team to provide some comfort following the frighting emergency.
"Bouw had his opportunity to kind of see everybody and everybody sent him their wishes," Pietrangelo told reporters during Wednesday's press conference, adding that the team felt better knowing Bouwmeester was in good hands.
"He was in good spirits last night with us and was typical Jay so I think it certainly made us all feel a lot better today knowing that we had the opportunity to talk to him," Pietrangelo continued.
The Blues will play the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
- Hill, Whitecloud power Knights past Panthers in Stanley Cup Final opener
- Tkachuk, Bennett earn misconducts for throwing punches late in Game 1
- Salary cap, Coyotes' future highlight Bettman's Stanley Cup Final presser
- Bedard makes history, wins 3 at CHL Awards
- Report: Blue Jackets to name Babcock head coach after June 30