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Fans sign a banner in support of Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester before a Blues game against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Feb. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas.

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Jay Bouwmeester had surgery on Friday to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart’s normal rhythm after the St. Louis Blues defenceman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center. The 36-year-old Bouwmeester will be monitored by a team of specialists at the hospital until he is cleared to return to St. Louis.

Then Bouwmeester will be monitored by doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Bouwmeester had just completed a shift against the Ducks on Tuesday night when he collapsed on the bench. The veteran defenceman was unresponsive and doctors quickly used a defibrillator to restore his heart beat. Bouwmeester also regained consciousness before he was taken by ambulance to an Anaheim hospital.

The Associated Press

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