Blues issue health update on Jay Bouwmeester after scary collapse on bench

Ross Houston
February 14, 2020

"He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center". Armstrong said medical personnel used a defibrillator to revive him.

Eight months later, almost to the day, Pietrangelo just wanted to see Bouwmeester raise one arm.

The Blues say they will provide an update on his status early next week.

Bouwmeester had a cardiac episode and collapsed on the bench during Tuesday's game in Anaheim.

Armstrong said the postponed game against the Ducks will be re-scheduled, and that it will likely resume with the 1-1 score, but will play another 60 minutes.

There was a scary scene on the St. Louis Blues' bench during Tuesday's game against the Ducks in Anaheim. "So "Bo" had the opportunity to kind of see everybody". We're taking care of each other. "So we FaceTimed", Pietrangelo said. "Jay Bo is being Jay Bo, so I think it makes everyone feel a lot better". Armstrong also said he spoke with Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill, who had a similar experience when Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during a game March 10, 2014.

Bouwmeester, a first-round pick of the Florida Panthers, held one of the longest ironman streaks in National Hockey League history with 737 consecutive regular-season games played until a lower-body injury in 2014.

Indeed, Jay Bouwmeester's conditioning is so strong that he once held the record for consecutive games played with 737, a feat that spanned ten years. "It makes us, speaking for myself, the coaches, the players and trainers, feel that we're part of a very special fraternity".

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