NHL

Jay Bouwmeester 'on the road to recovery' in St. Louis after cardiac episode during game

Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester says he has returned to St. Louis and is recovering from a cardiac episode during a game last week. He made his first public comments Tuesday since collapsing on the team's bench.

Veteran Blues defenceman thanks medical professionals, NHL family for support

Veteran Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, who is back in St. Louis recovering from a cardiac episode during a Feb. 11 game at Anaheim, made his first public comments Monday since he collapsed on the bench. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester says he has returned to St. Louis and is recovering from a cardiac episode during a game last week.

The Blues released a statement from Bouwmeester on Tuesday, marking his first public comments since he collapsed on the bench in the first period of a game against the Ducks in Anaheim on Feb. 11.

"I would sincerely like to thank all of the trainers from both the St. Louis Blues and Anaheim Ducks, as well as all of the first responders, the Anaheim medical staff and the team at the UCI Medical Center for their quick actions on Feb. 11," Bouwmeester said. "Our family has felt the support of the entire National Hockey League family and the city of St. Louis during this time. We have all been greatly comforted by your genuine concern."

"On Sunday evening, I returned to St. Louis and I am on the road to recovery. My wife and daughters are forever grateful for everyone's support and we will continue to have a positive outlook for our future."

WATCH | Jay Bouwmeester collapses on Blues' bench:

The Blues' defenceman left the bench on a stretcher after collapsing during a break in play in the first period. 0:50

Bouwmeester said he returned to St. Louis on Sunday after undergoing treatment at an Anaheim hospital. He had surgery Friday to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart's normal rhythm.

Bouwmeester had just completed a shift against the Ducks when he collapsed on the bench. The Edmonton native was unresponsive and doctors quickly used a defibrillator to restore his heartbeat. Bouwmeester also regained consciousness before he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

The game was postponed and will be made up on March 11.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.