At an emotional press conference this afternoon, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester announced that he still hasn’t made a decision on his long-term hockey playing future. Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong did confirm however that Bouwmeester would not play again for the team this season or playoffs.
That’s certainly not unexpected after Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode earlier this month and underwent an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) procedure.
The 36-year old defenseman will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. In 17 NHL seasons, the minute-munching Bouwmeester has played over 1,300 games and won the Stanley Cup last year as a member of the Blues.