St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during Tuesday night’s game in Anaheim, Calif., and the longtime NHL player was carried off on a stretcher and taken to a local hospital.
According to the Blues telecast, Bouwmeester was alert and responsive on his way to a local hospital.
The Blues and Ducks agreed to postpone the 1-1 game, which was more than halfway through the first period when the 36-year-old Bouwmeester began to slowly fall after appearing to grab a drink of water.
“Just a disturbing moment,” said former goaltender and Blues analyst Darren Pang, as he appeared shaken up on the air. “Everybody’s concerned down here.”
Emergency medical personnel rushed to the Blues bench after being called over by nearby players.
“I thought they reacted incredibly quickly,” said Pang, who is stationed in between the bench during games.
The Blues are holding their fathers trip, so Bouwmeester’s father, Dan, accompanied his son to the hospital, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Bouwmeester was playing in his 57th game this season, the 1,241st of his 17-season NHL career. He skated 1:20 in his last shift before collapsing and logged 5:34 of ice time in the game.
A native of Edmonton, Bouwmeester was a junior hockey star and was drafted third overall in 2002 by the Florida Panthers. He has played for Florida, Calgary and St. Louis.
The Blues in April signed the veteran defenseman to a $3.25 million, one-year deal for this season.
The NHL said it has yet to determine when Tuesday’s game would be made up.
— With AP