ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Tuesday night’s game in Anaheim between the Ducks and the St. Louis Blues was postponed after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench.

According to a statement by Doug Armstrong, president of hockey operations and general manager for the St. Louis Blues, Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode with 7:50 left in the first period and collapsed on the bench after completing his shift.

The 36-year-old had recently completed a long shift and did not appear to have taken any big hits or contact to his head.

Bouwmeester appeared to be awake and alert as he was taken out of the arena and to a local hospital.

Armstrong’s statement went on to say:

“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.”

Both teams went back to their locker rooms and the game was called off and postponed to a later date.

Bouwmeester is a veteran NHL player, currently in his 18th season. He previously played for the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers.

A spokesperson for the Honda Center said ticket holders for Tuesday’s game should hold onto them to use once the match is rescheduled.


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