The NHL match between St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday was called off after defenceman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed due to a ‘cardiac episode’.
The 36-year-old had just finished a shift on the ice at Anaheim’s Honda Center when he fell to the floor in the Blues’ bench area.
Bouwmeester’s teammates called for medical attention during the opening period incident and he was taken away on a stretcher for further tests.
He was later moved to a hospital and was confirmed to be ‘conscious and alert’ by Blues general manager Doug Armstrong.
“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,” said Armstrong.
“Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilise 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.”
Blues confirmed the match at Anaheim, tied 1-1 at the time of the incident, would be postponed and replayed at a later date.
Bouwmeester, who has played more than 2,000 NHL games during a more than 15-year career, was part of the St. Louis side that won the Stanley Cup last season.