Bouwmeester 'on the road to recovery' after cardiac episode

Arun SrinivasanContributor
Yahoo Sports Canada
St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is recovering well after a cardiac episode suffered on Feb. 11. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is recovering well after a cardiac episode suffered on Feb. 11. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester released his first public statement since suffering a cardiac episode during a Feb. 11 game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Bouwmeester collapsed on the ice and needed a defibrillator to be administered during the episode. He was eventually cleared to return home after spending time at the UCI Medical Center in Orange County.

The veteran defenceman released the following statement through the Blues’ organization:

“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.

“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.”

St. Louis and Anaheim will replay the game on March 11.

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