St. Louis Blues’ defenseman Jay Bouwmeester received a loud standing ovation during Thursday’s game at Enterprise Center against the New York Islanders. When a stoppage of play occurred, it was announced he was in attendance. Bouwmeester waved to the crowd from the press box and fans gave him a prolonged standing ovation. The Blues defeated the Islanders 3-2 in overtime.
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On February 16, Bouwmeester returned to St. Louis after a week of medical tests and treatments 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 UCI Medical Center in Irvine.
He issued a statement thanking the hockey community for their support. 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.
Bouwmeester underwent an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) procedure to restore his heart’s normal rhythm. He will not be playing in the remainder of the season and playoffs, according to Blues’ General Manager Doug Armstrong. “He’s going to take time, getting back with his family and be around the team and he’ll address those things as the summer progresses,” Armstrong said.
He has yet to decide if he will continue to play hockey. In his first public appearance since February 11, the defenseman said, “I’m at the point right now where I feel pretty good…it’s a scary thing but everything’s going pretty good lately and we’ll continue to evaluate things as they go.”
Bouwmeester has played eight seasons for St. Louis and won the Stanley Cup for the first time last season. The 36-year-old has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 56 games this season, and 424 points (88 goals, 336 assists) in 1,240 games for the Blues, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames since the Panthers selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.
By Della Young