Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester: “Our Family Has Felt The Support Of The Entire National Hockey League Family And The City Of St. Louis During This Time. We Have All Been Greatly Comforted By Your Genuine Concern.”

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After a week of medical tests and treatments, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has returned to St. Louis following a cardiac episode and collapse on February 11 during the first period of the Blues-Anaheim Ducks game at Honda Center. He was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Bouwmeester issued a statement thanking the hockey community for their support.

“Our family has felt the support of the entire National Hockey League family and the city of St. Louis during this time. We have all been greatly comforted by your genuine concern,” Bouwmeester said.

The Blues’ medical staff had additional help from the Ducks’ medical trainers and physicians and were able to stabilize Bouwmeester using a defibrillator. Bouwmeester thanked all medical personnel from that night.

I would sincerely like to thank all of the trainers from both the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, as well as all of the first responders, the Anaheim medical staff and the team at the UCI Medical Center for their quick actions on Feb. 11.

His wife and daughters are “forever grateful” for the outpouring love and support from all over the league.

On Sunday evening, I returned to St. Louis and I am on the road to recovery. My wife and daughters are forever grateful for everyone’s support and we will continue to have a positive outlook for our future.

The game between St. Louis and Anaheim was immediately stopped and eventually postponed. It has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 P.M. PT.

By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, Della enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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