Jay Bouwmeester collapses during game between Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues

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Blues and Ducks players react to Jay Bouwmeester collapsing. Photo//Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press

During a stoppage of play with 7:50 left in the first period, Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on the bench.  

Medical personnel used a defibrillator to revive Bouwmeester on the bench.  He was carried off on a stretcher, during which doctors said that Bouwmeester was awake and alert. 

After the scary incident, the game between the Blues and the Ducks was postponed and will be picked up at a later date. 

Bouwmeester was taken to a hospital and more tests are being run; however, reports are that Bouwmeester is doing very well. 

There have been many scary incidents similar to this in the past. Jiri Fischer and Richard Peverly, both of whom suffered cardiac episodes and collapsed on the bench during games. Fischer and Peverly each had their careers cut short. Hopefully, Bouwmeester will recover and this will not be the end of his NHL career.