All hands on deck for Blues legend, Jay Boumeester today. He had an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (pacemaker) put in his chest to regulate the irregular heartbeat that caused him to die on the bench last week.
The implantable chip given to Jay means his NHL playing career is over. Not because you can’t play with an ICD, but there is no way he’ll get cleared to play with the heart condition he has. Hank Gathers died from atrial fibrillation in 1990 and no one wants to see that in 2020.
Closer to home, the Detroit Red Wings’ Jiri Fisher, and Dallas Stars Rich Peverly all collapsed with the same heart issue, and never played another NHL game again. Not because they can’t, but there isn’t a Team in the NHL that will A) insure a player after an episode like the one Boumeester suffered last week and B) it scares the shit out of the paying public and the folks at home.
We should all just be thankful Jay Boumeester is alive and his prognosis for a long healthy life is like yours and mine.
Boumeester is the walking talking embodiment of ‘STFU and do your job’ and if this is it, he’s a Cup Champion who deserved better than dying on the bench full of hork and ice shavings at 36.
Thanks to first responders on the bench, Jay gets to watch his two young sons grow up and enjoy a long happy life with his wife, Devon.
That’s what this life is all about. Stanley Cups are nice, but they don’t hold your hand on your death bed.