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Armstrong: Things are looking very positive

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said Jay Bouwmeester is doing 'very well' in hospital

by Chris Pinkert / Video by Blue Note Productions

LAS VEGAS - St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong held a press conference at the team's hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday to provide an update on the condition of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester.

"Jay Bouwmeester is doing very well at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim and is undergoing a battery of tests to determine the how and why of what happened last night," Armstrong said. "Things are looking very positive."

Armstrong said Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode on the Blues' bench on Tuesday night and was unresponsive. Medical personnel used a defibrillator to revive him, and he regained consciousness immediately and was transferred to the UCI Medical Center.

"We would like to thank (Head Athletic Trainer) Ray Barile and his staff, plus the Ducks medical staff, including both the trainers and the physicians, for their quick response," Armstrong added. "There's never a good time for something like this to take place, but there could not have been a better location than the Honda Center. Thanks to everyone at Honda Center for their life-saving efforts. It's a testament to the NHLPA and the NHL that make sure the teams do all the proper work behind the scenes to have the people in the right spots to help the guys if anything happens."

Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo and Barile went to the hospital after the game. Bouwmeester was awake, alert and able to FaceTime with the team from his hospital room.

"It made everybody feel a lot better knowing he was in good hands," Pietrangelo said. "He was in good spirits last night with us, typical Jay, so I think it certainly made us all feel a lot better today knowing we had the opportunity to talk to him."

You can watch the entire 10-minute press conference by pressing PLAY on the video below.

Video: Armstrong provides update on Bouwmeester's condition


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