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St. Louis Blues player collapses during game from cardiac episode

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was "conscious and alert" after a frightening incident in which he collapsed on the bench during a game.
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Jay Bouwmeester #19 of the St. Louis Blues looks on against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center on May 21, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Elsa / Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was "conscious and alert" while being taken to the hospital on Tuesday night after a frightening incident in which he collapsed during a game from a cardiac episode.

Bouwmeester, 36, was carried off on a stretcher in the Blues' game against the host Anaheim Ducks and transported to a local hospital, where he remained overnight for further tests, team officials said.

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St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was taken to a local hospital after collapsing from a cardiac episode during a game on Tuesday night. Elsa / Getty Images

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong released a statement saying that Bouwmeester was "alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center." On Tuesday night, he was "conscious and alert" as he underwent further testing, the statement said.

Bouwmeester collapsed with 7:50 left in the first period while getting a drink of water after skating a 1-minute, 20-second shift, video showed. His teammates quickly called for trainers and medical personnel to help.

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The St. Louis Blues watch as the paramedics tend to Jay Bouwmeester after he collapsed on the bench during the first period of the game against the Anaheim Ducks. Debora Robinson / Getty Images

The remainder of the game was postponed. After Bouwmeester was taken away, distraught players from both teams consoled each other on the ice.

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Members of the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues consoled each other after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a medical emergency that caused the game to be postponed on Tuesday night. Mark J. Terrill / AP

The Blues were supposed to fly to Las Vegas ahead of their game on Thursday but remained in southern California following the incident.

St. Louis Blues play-by-play announcer Chris Kerber said in a radio interview with the St. Louis ESPN station that a defibrillator was used on Bouwmeester.

The Ducks' television station examined Bouwmeester's last shift before he collapsed but didn't find any contact with any other players or signs of distress.

Bouwmeester's father also happened to be at the game in Anaheim as part of the team's annual Dads Trip and joined his son at the hospital, according to Kerber.

He was the first NHL player to collapse on the bench during a game since an irregular heartbeat caused Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars to drop to the ground in 2014, according to ESPN. Peverley was quickly revived by emergency officials.

Bouwmeester has played the fourth-most games of any defenseman in NHL history with 1,241 during his 17 seasons, which included playing 737 consecutive regular-season games before suffering a series of injuries starting in 2014. He also helped the Blues win their first Stanley Cup title last season.