Blues' Jay Bouwmeester Ruled Out for Remainder of Season After Cardiac Episode

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2020

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 31: Jay Bouwmeester #19 of the St. Louis Blues skates with the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 31, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Coyotes defeated the Blues 3-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a cardiac episode during a game against the Anaheim Ducks earlier in February.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said at a press conference Bouwmeester would not play again this season and that St. Louis would evaluate his future with the team later.

"It was a scary thing, but it's been going pretty good lately, and we'll continue to evaluate things as it goes," Bouwmeester said. "I'm at the point now where I feel pretty good."

Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a Feb. 11 game against the Ducks. He was revived by a defibrillator and taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery to implant an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, which monitors his heart for any arrhythmia.

The 36-year-old is in his 17th NHL season. He previously played for the Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames, making two All-Star teams. In 2019, he won his first Stanley Cup with the Blues to become the 29th member of the Triple Gold Club.

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