LAS VEGAS, NV (KMOX)- "Jay Bouwmeester is doing very well."
Those were the words the hockey world was wanting to hear Wednesday, as St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong provided an update on the defenseman who collapsed on the bench during Tuesday night's game in Anaheim.
Of the 36-year-old Bouwmeester, who remains at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim, Armstong said, "Jay is currently undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night, but things are looking very positive."
Bouwmeester collapsed after completing a shift midway through the first period of the game against the Ducks. "At 12:10 of the first period," Armstrong says, "Jay suffered a cardiac episode on our players' bench. Jay became unresponsive and the medical personnel used a defibrillator to revive him. Jay regained consciousness immediately and was transported directly to the UCI Irvine medical center."
After the game was postponed, Captain Alex Pietrangelo visited Boumeester in the hospital. "He was in good spirits last night with us, typical Jay. It certainly made us all feel a lot better today knowing we had the opportunity to talk to him."
After spending the night in Anaheim the Blues flew to Las Vegas where they play the Golden Knights on Thursday.
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