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NHL won’t prevent Bouwmeester from returning to action after cardiac procedure

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The St. Louis Blues announced Friday morning that defenceman 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.

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.

Reporter John Shannon noted later after the announcement that there is nothing in the current league collective bargaining agreement or insurance-wise, that will prohibit Bouwmeester from returning to play, even with a pacemaker implanted.

However, it seems like a big risk for the veteran player. Now speculation will  continue rising on whether he should hang up the skates and call it a career.

The Blues said they will provide an update on his status early next week.