Blues rule out Bouwmeester for remainder of season, playoffs

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FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2020 file photo St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench during a break in play in the first period, prompting the Blues and Anaheim Ducks to postpone their game Tuesday night, Feb. 11, 2020. Bouwmeester appeared to be awake and alert as he was being transported out of the arena to a hospital. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, file)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs.

General manager Doug Armstrong made the announcement on Wednesday.

In a news conference at the Enterprise Center, Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the first time since he collapsed on the bench in the first period during a game at the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11.

"It was a scary thing, but its been going pretty good lately," he said. “We'll continue to evaluate things as it goes. I'm at the point now where I feel pretty good.”

Armstrong discussed Bouwmeester's status for the remainder of this season.

"To clarify, Jay and I have both spoken over the last week or so,” Armstrong said. “We both understand that he won't participate in the regular season or playoffs for us. We've talked about longer-term things that may or may not happen, but we both feel, it's February. We don't have to make long-term decisions at this point. He's going to take time, get back in with his family and be around the team and he'll address those things as the summer progresses.”

The Blues were hosting their annual fathers trip when they played in Anaheim.

Bouwmeester said there was no warning anything was about to happen.