Blues put Jay Bouwmeester on injury reserve, statement coming next week

The St. Louis Blues thanked the staff and medical professionals in Anaheim, and updated fans, on Jay Bouwmeester after his collapse in a game against the Ducks.

The St. Louis Blues are placing defenceman Jay Bouwmeester on long-term injury reserve a week after he suffered a cardiac episode on the team’s bench during a game.

GM Doug Armstrong told reporters Tuesday night that he spoke with Bouwmeester on Monday in what he described as a good conversation. He said Bouwmeester is going to take some time to get accustomed to his new normal and would make a public statement in the next seven to 10 days.

Armstrong added he wasn’t making any retirement announcement on Bouwmeester’s behalf on Tuesday.

Bouwmeester collapsed during a game at Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks while appearing to take a drink of water.

He was attended to by medical personnel and was awake and alert later that night. The 36-year-old had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) procedure to restore his heart’s normal rhythm last Friday.

Bouwmeester released a statement earlier Tuesday saying he was on the road to recovery.

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