ANAHEIM, Calif. — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suddenly collapsed on his team’s bench during a break in play Tuesday night, prompting the Blues and the Anaheim Ducks to agree to postpone the game.
Bouwmeester, 36, appeared to be awake and alert as he was being transported out of the arena to a hospital.
Teammates immediately called for medical help after Bouwmeester slumped over with 7 minutes 50 seconds left in the first period. Emergency personnel rushed to the bench; they appeared to perform CPR on Bouwmeester and took him away on a stretcher.
Bouwmeester appeared to be grabbing a drink of water when he began to fall slowly.
Ducks and Blues players gathered to see what was wrong before Bouwmeester was taken off the bench. The Blues followed Bouwmeester into the tunnel leading to their dressing room, and the Ducks went to their dressing room as well. The game was called off a few minutes later, tied at 1-1.
Bouwmeester is in his 17th N.H.L. season and has been known for his strong skating and conditioning. He helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup last season and won an Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2014.
Bouwmeester was playing in his 57th game this season, the 1,241st of his N.H.L. career. He skated 1:20 in his last shift before collapsing and logged 5:34 of ice time in the game.
A native of Edmonton, Bouwmeester was a junior hockey star and was drafted third over all in 2002 by the Florida Panthers. He has played for Florida, Calgary and St. Louis.
The Blues in April signed him to a $3.25 million, one-year deal for this season.
Andrew Knoll contributed reporting.