St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was hospitalized Wednesday morning after he suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on the team bench during the first period of an NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.

Bouwmeester suffered the cardiac episode with seven minutes, 50 seconds left in the first period after completing his shift on the ice, Blues President of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday evening.

Blues medical trainers and Ducks medical trainers and team physicians were able to stabilize Bouwmeester. He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center, Armstrong said.

Bouwmeester was conscious and alert as he underwent further testing by the Ducks physicians, Armstrong said.

The Blues will update Bouwmeester’s condition Wednesday morning, Armstrong said.

The game was postponed following Bouwmeester’s collapse.

The 36-year-old Bouwmeester is his 18th season in the NHL. He was selected by the Florida Panthers with the third choice in the 2002 draft. He played 737 consecutive games from 2004-14, the longest streak by a defenseman in NHL history.

Bouwmeester was acquired by the Blues in a 2013 trade with the Calgary Flames.

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