Blues' Bouwmeester has implant to help regulate heart rhythm

The St. Louis Blues watch as the paramedics treat Jay Bouwmeester after he collapsed during a game against the Anaheim Ducks

The St. Louis Blues watch as the paramedics treat Jay Bouwmeester after he collapsed during a game against the Anaheim Ducks

The St. Louis Blues say defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is "doing very well" after suffering a cardiac episode during a game Tuesday night. "Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay". "Jay is now undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night, but things are looking positive". The Blues players have their fathers with them during the road trip. It felt like it was an eternity for us. "(Bouwmeester) had so much care in front of him".

"It's going to be hard (to play Thursday), but we talked to Jay and he's in good spirits", Pietrangelo said.

"Last night after the game, I went over there to see Dan and Jay with Ray. We're very lucky to have each other".

Well-wishes immediately started to flood in through various social media channels for a player who many consider one of the best people in the game. "We will update Jay's condition on Wednesday morning", general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement.

The 36-year-old blue-liner has played in 1,241 regular-season games during his career, tallying 424 points.

Fans sign a banner in support of Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester before a Blues game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on February 13, 2020, in Las Vegas.

There was a scary scene on the St. Louis Blues' bench during Tuesday's game against the Ducks in Anaheim. Armstrong said Thursday's game against Vegas will go ahead.

"The NHL community comes together quickly in something like this", Armstrong said.

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