ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has told Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic that he is at peace with never playing again in the NHL.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the Athletic: “We want to congratulate Jay on an outstanding career. He was a huge part of us creating a winning culture in St. Louis. The Blues organization thanks him for helping bring our first Stanley Cup to St. Louis."
The news comes 11 months after Bouwmeester collapsed on the ice during a game vs the Ducks and had to be revived with a defibrillator. He then had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator procedure at an Anaheim hospital in order to restore his heart's normal rhythm.
After 1,184 NHL regular-season games, Bouwmeester finally won a Stanley Cup with the Blues in 2019.
With today's news, the first four Blues players to touch the Stanley Cup are no longer with the team. Alex Pietrangelo signed with Las Vegas, and the next three guys have now retired: Bouwmeester, Alex Steen and Chris Thorburn.
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