AN ice hockey contest between St. Louis Blues and the Anaheim Ducks was postponed on Tuesday night after Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac arrest.
The 36-year-old was on his team’s bench when he suddenly collapsed while reaching over to take a drink of water.
Medics were immediately called and the New York Times report they appeared to perform CPR on Bouwmeester before taking him away on a stretcher.
The player appeared conscious when being taken away and fortunately, the emergency team were able to stabilise his condition.
A statement from St Louis Blues President Doug Armstrong read: “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 game was tied at 1-1 when the incident occurred with players from both teams heading into the dressing rooms.
Team-mates and Anaheim Ducks players were initially on the ice stunned into silence when Bouwmeester was being attended to.
One even appeared to be praying as he crouched on one knee.
More to follow…