Sports always has its share of dramatic moments. But nothing is as scary as seeing a perfectly good player go down for no apparent reason. But that’s exactly what happened to St. Louis Blues player Jay Bouwmeester Tuesday night (Feb. 11.)
During a game between the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, the veteran Blues defenseman had just returned from the ice and took a seat on the bench when he suddenly passed out. According to footage of the incident, a number of his teammates noticed him go down and frantically yelled for help.
The game was then postponed.
“Jay Bouwmeester collapses on the Blues bench,” a Twitter user said along with footage of the scene. “Game has been delayed.”
Jay Bouwmeester collapses on the Blues bench. Game has been delayed pic.twitter.com/wOJkAFANCT
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) February 12, 2020
Luckily, after being transported to a local hospital, team officials confirmed that Bouwmeester was ‘conscious and alert.’
“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,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement Tuesday night (Feb. 11.) ‘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.”
We pray that he will make a full recovery.