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Blues offer counseling to players after Bouwmeester's collapse

Tim Tucker   ·   13 février 2020
Seeing a teammate in any kind of distress is never an easy thing. Watching one collapse on the bench and wondering if they might be on the verge of death can have a lasting effect on people. It is for that reason that the St. Louis Blues are ensuring players and staff have access to counseling following Jay Bouwmeester's cardiac episode on the bench earlier this week.

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“We brought in a support counselor that I got through George McPhee (Tuesday) night, somebody that had worked with the [Vegas Golden] Knights when they went through their tragedy on October 1st, just to make sure that the players know there’s someone to talk to,” said St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong.

McPhee is the general manager of the Golden Knights and the tragedy being referred to was the mass shooting that occurred on October 1st, 2017, at a music festival in Las Vegas.

Armstrong said the counselor is excellent, adding she gave the players some signs to watch for in the next 24 or 48 hours, and the next three weeks.

"I thought it was good in the context that we’re trying to let the guys know that there’s help out there if needed.”

Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench in the first period of Tuesday’s game between the Blues and the Anaheim Ducks. A defibrillator was used to revive the veteran him and he is now "doing well," according to Armstrong. He remains in hospital in Anaheim and more tests are being done to determine the exact cause of the episode.



"It’s obviously going to be difficult,” team captain Alex Pietrangelo said. “But we talked to Jay. He’s in good spirits. And when you see how he’s doing it certainly makes us feel a lot better.”

“This touches everyone,” Armstrong said. “The broadcasters, the trainers, media. It’s not normal. I told the players, there’s no playbook on how we should react to this. So don’t think that anything you’re feeling is wrong. There is no right or wrong in this situation.”

Defenseman Niko Mikkola has been recalled from San Antonio to take Bouwmeester’s spot on the roster.

Source: St. Louis Post Dispatch
FEBRUARY 16, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 1 3
PATRIC HORNQVIST
2 1 3
LEON DRAISAITL
1 2 3
BRADY TKACHUK
1 2 3
JOSH ARCHIBALD
2 - 2
ADAM HENRIQUE
2 - 2
JOEY ANDERSON
1 1 2
MASON APPLETON
1 1 2
NATHAN BEAULIEU
1 1 2
SIDNEY CROSBY
1 1 2
DEREK GRANT
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU
1 1 2
KYLE PALMIERI
1 1 2
MIRO HEISKANEN
- 2 2
DMITRY KULIKOV
- 2 2
COLIN MILLER
- 2 2
RASMUS RISTOLAINEN
- 2 2
KEVIN ROONEY
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
59 95
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 82
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
NATHAN MACKINNON
57 80
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 78
BRAD MARCHAND
60 75
JACK EICHEL
58 74
PATRICK KANE
59 74
NIKITA KUCHEROV
57 72
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 71
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
60 42
DAVID PASTRNAK
60 42
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
57 40
LEON DRAISAITL
59 34
JACK EICHEL
58 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
59 61
JOHN CARLSON
58 54
BRAD MARCHAND
60 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
ARTEMI PANARIN
57 49
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
58 69
ROMAN JOSI
58 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
57 49
ALEX PIETRANGELO
59 47
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
QUINN HUGHES
58 45
CALE MAKAR
49 42
VICTOR OLOFSSON
44 38
NICK SUZUKI
61 38
DOMINIK KUBALIK
57 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 25
JORDAN BINNINGTON
42 24
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
44 24
CAREY PRICE
50 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
28 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
42 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
49 4
JAMES REIMER
24 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
27 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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