Jay Bouwmeester received 'life-saving' treatment immediately after collapse, Blues GM says

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Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester needed to be revived with a defibrillator after suffering a cardiac event on the team's bench during its game Tuesday vs. the Ducks in Anaheim, Calif., St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday.

Armstrong told reporters at a press conference that Bouwmeester "regained consciousness immediately" after the defibrillator was used. Moments earlier, Bouwmeester collapsed on the Blues' bench following a shift in the first period.

Bouwmeester was transported from the Honda Center in Anaheim to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif. He underwent a battery of tests there Wednesday to determine the cause of the cardiac event, said Armstrong, who added that "things are looking very positive."

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Armstrong thanked personnel at the Honda Center and the Ducks organization for their "life-saving efforts."

On Friday, the team announced in a press release that Bouwmeester underwent a successful Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedure at UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim and will be flown back to St. Louis after he is released from the hospital. They added that an update will be provided on his condition early next week.

St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo said he visited Bouwmeester at the hospital Tuesday night and the 36-year-old was in "good spirits." Other players video chatted with Bouwmeester, Pietrangelo said, and seeing their teammate "made everybody feel a lot better."

NHL insider John Shannon reported that the team altered travel plans to Las Vegas in order to stay in Orange County with Bouwmeester and that he was texting friends from the hospital Tuesday night, letting them know he was OK. The Blues play the Golden Knights on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET; Armstrong confirmed Wednesday that the game will be played.

The teams agreed to postpone Tuesday's game and replay it at a later date.

Shannon said there was nothing notable about Bouwmeester's shift preceding the collapse.

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