Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester 'in good spirits' after needing to be revived by defibrillator

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Medical personnel had to use a defibrillator to revive St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester after he had a cardiac episode and became unresponsive on the bench during Tuesday night’s game.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said at a Wednesday news conference in Las Vegas that the defenseman “regained consciousness immediately” and is “doing very well” at UC-Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. Captain Alex Pietrangelo said Bouwmeester was “in good spirits.”

Said Armstrong: “He is currently undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night, but things are looking very positive.”

The Blues gave an update on the 36-year-old and 17-year veteran after he collapsed with 7:50 left in the first period of the game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

“It happened so fast,” Pietrangelo said. “It felt like it was an eternity for us, but we really just reacted as fast as we could. Everybody seemed like they wanted to help.”

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