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Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester not ready to make decision on hockey future

St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester out for rest of NHL season, evaluating future
WATCH ABOVE: St. Louis Blues' player Jay Bouwmeester and general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday that he would not be playing for the remainder of the season or during playoffs following a cardiac episode he experienced earlier this month. Bouwmeester added he was still evaluating his future in the NHL.

St. Louis Blues defenceman Jay Bouwmeester says he is feeling better since suffering a cardiac episode during an NHL game, but he is not ready to make a decision on his hockey future.

Bouwmeester commented publicly Wednesday for the first time since he collapsed on the Blues’ bench during a game at Anaheim earlier this month.

St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester says doctors still trying to ‘pin down’ cause of cardiac episode
St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester says doctors still trying to ‘pin down’ cause of cardiac episode

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He said he hasn’t had time to evaluate the next steps of his NHL career, but Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the defenceman won’t be back at any point this season.

Bouwmeester thanked the medical staff of both the Blues and Ducks for acting quickly and said the support he received has been “overwhelming.”

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Bouwmeester had just completed a shift against the Ducks in the Feb. 11 game when he collapsed on the bench. The Edmonton native was unresponsive and doctors quickly used a defibrillator to restore his heart beat. Bouwmeester regained consciousness before he was taken by ambulance to hospital.

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

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St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester calls cardiac episode ‘surreal experience’