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Ducks honor first responders who treated Blues' Bouwmeester

Anaheim, St. Louis staffs receive 'Lifesaver Award' for their efforts to revive defenseman on Feb. 11

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

First responders honored

STL@ANA: Blues, Ducks first responders honored

The Blues and Ducks first responders from the night of Jay Bouwmeester's collapse are honored prior to the game in Anaheim

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The Anaheim Ducks celebrated some heroes Wednesday.

The Ducks gave first responders and members of their medical staff and the St. Louis Blues staff the Red Cross Lifesaver Award for their role in treating Jay Bouwmeester on Feb. 11 before restarting their game at Honda Center.

The Blues-Ducks game in Anaheim was suspended after Bouwmeester collapsed on the St. Louis bench during the first period of their game last month, and members of the medical staffs were credited with reviving the Blues defenseman, who had a cardiac episode.

The game was restarted Wednesday with the score tied at 1.

Aside from celebrating the responders, Anaheim also promised 19 percent of all merchandise sales, and the full donated portion of their 50/50 raffle to the UCI Medical Center, in honor of Bouwmeester.

Tweet from @AnaheimDucks: In addition, 19% (for Jay Bouwmeester���s #19) of all merchandise sales tonight plus the charitable half of the 50/50 raffle will be donated to @UCIrvineHealth.

Bouwmeester, 36, had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)procedure Feb. 14 to restore his heart's normal rhythm and is out for the remainder of the season. He has not made a decision on his future in the NHL.

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