The St. Louis Blues announced Friday morning that defenseman Jay Bouwmeester had a successful Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator procedure and remains in the care of the cardiology department.
The blue liner needed the procedure after he was hospitalized upon suffering a cardiac episode and collapsing on the bench during the first period of the game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.
As soon as Bouwmeester fell to the floor, a few of his teammates, including captain Alex Pietrangelo and Vince Dunn, noticed his fall and realized something was terribly wrong. They called over the trainers to get help to Bouwmeester. This is a disrupting scene, check it out:
The procedure, which was done to restore the heart’s normal rhythm, was performed in Anaheim. Once he is approved to be released from the UCI Cardiology Department, he will be flown back to St. Louis and monitored by physicians.
This is good news seeing that Bouwsmeeter is in good care, however, it only proves that what took place was severe and could be the end of the veteran player’s career.
The Blues say they will provide an update on his status early next week.