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Ducks-Blues Contest Postponed Due To Medical Emergency
By Richard Gonzalez
The Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues game has been postponed due to a medical emergency involving Jay Bouwmeester. This is the first time in franchise history that the Ducks had to postpone a game for medical purposes.
During the first period, Blues defenseman Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench, which prompted Blues players to immediately alert medical personnel. It was reported that CPR was performed on Bouwmeester. He was alert, awake and en route to the hospital for further treatment.
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong released the following statement regarding Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester:
“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.”
The Ducks and Blues each scored a goal in the opening period and had 7:50 left before the intermission. Bouwmeester played 5:34 seconds and was a +1 with two hits in this game. Both the Ducks and Blues cleared the benches standing in solidarity with each other concerned for Bouwmeester. Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Miller were among Ducks players that were at the visiting locker room checking on the health of Bouwmeester.
The Ducks and Blues both thanked the fans for their understanding and will continue this game at a later date and time.
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February 11th, 2020