St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was reportedly taken to the hospital after he collapsed on the bench during an NHL game in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday evening.
The 36-year-old hockey player was conscious and alert in the UC Irvine Medical Center after suffering a cardiac episode, the team said.
Bouwmeester’s teammates immediately called for medical attention after he reportedly slumped over on the bench in the first period while apparently attempting to grab a drink of water.
The St. Louis Blues stated on Twitter that due to the medical emergency, the game in Anaheim against the Ducks has been postponed until a later date.
Due to the medical emergency involving Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, tonight’s game has been postponed and will be made up at a later date. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 12, 2020
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong released the following statement regarding Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester:
“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. 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.”
The team will reportedly stay in Orange County until they know more about Bouwmeester’s condition instead of going on to Nevada as planned.