In case you missed it last night, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed suddenly on his team's bench of an apparent cardiac episode during a game against the Anaheim Ducks. Paramedics administered medical assistance to Bouwmeester immediately and once he was stabilized he was transferred to a local Anaheim hospital. Bouwmeester is reportedly recovering in hospital today and will, thankfully, be alright.
The Blues released a statement last night and are expected to update Bouwmeester's condition later today:
"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. Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize 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."
It was obviously a traumatic evening for not only the Blues players and fans in attendance, but the entire hockey world as a whole. Today, many major personalities in the hockey world are coming forward with encouraging messages of support for Bouwmeester and his family.
Check out some of the messages below:
Never forget... hockey is a brotherhood.