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Bouwmeester of Blues has defibrillator implanted to restore heart rhythm

Defenseman had cardiac episode during game against Ducks @NHLdotcom

Jay Bouwmeester had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) procedure to restore his heart's normal rhythm Friday.

The St. Louis Blues defenseman experienced a cardiac episode on the bench with 7:50 remaining in the first period of their game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Tuesday. Medical personnel used a defibrillator to revive him. Bouwmeester regained consciousness immediately and was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Anaheim for treatment.

Upon approval by the UC Irvine cardiology department, Bouwmeester will be flown back to St. Louis and monitored by physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University.

Bouwmeester's status will be updated by the Blues early next week.

The Blues-Ducks game was postponed by the NHL and will be rescheduled.

Bouwmeester has played eight seasons for St. Louis and won the Stanley Cup for the first time last season. The 36-year-old has nine points (one goals, eight assists) in 56 games this season, and 424 points (88 goals, 336 assists) in 1,240 games for the Blues, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames since the Panthers selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2002 NHL Draft.

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