Bruins send positive thoughts to Blues and Jay Bouwmeester after cardiac emergency

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By Alex Barth,

Last night was a scary one in the NHL, as St. Louis Blues forward Jay Bouwmeester had to be rushed to a hospital following a medical issue on the bench.

The full incident was described in a statement by Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

"With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift. Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim's physicians. We will update Jay's condition on Wednesday morning." (via

Wednesday morning, the Bruins tweeted their support for the 36-year-old Bouwmeester and the Blues organization.

Boston Bruins on Twitter

We are keeping Jay Bouwmeester, his family, and the St. Louis Blues in our thoughts today. Wishing all the best.

The Bruins met the Blues and Bouwmeester in the Stanley Cup Finals last year, where the St. Louis forward recorded two assists, including one in the Blues Game Seven win.

This isn't a completely foreign issue to the NHL. Former Bruin Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench due to cardiac arrest when he was playing for the Dallas Stars in 2014, and never returned to NHL action.

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