St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench Tuesday night at Honda Center in a scary medical emergency.
His teammates immediately called for help and medical personnel rushed to him.
The game against the Anaheim Ducks, which was tied 1-1 with 7:50 left in the first period, was delayed as the defenseman was treated and concerned players gathered at center ice. They eventually were sent to their dressing rooms.
The Ducks, Blues and NHL announced later that the game was called off.
“Due to the medical emergency involving Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, tonight’s game will be postponed and made up at a later date,” the Ducks tweeted.
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The Ducks television station showed Bouwmeester’s last shift before the incident and there was no contact with any player and no sign of any trouble.
He apparently collapsed soon after returning to the bench.
Blues analyst Darren Pang reported that Bouwmeester, 36, a 17-year veteran, was alert and was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The Blues players’ fathers, including Bouwmeester’s, were at the game as part of the team’s dads’ trip, Pang said.
The NHL has postponed previous games in which there were medical emergencies, including Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer’s incident in 2005 and one involving the Dallas Stars’ Rich Peverley in 2014.