A fan favorite and the long-time NHL defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester has called it a career after 17 seasons in the NHL. The 37-year-old NHLer had some high points in his career as he achieved the ultimate goal for all hockey players. After Jay Bouwmeester suffered a tragic and devasting health issue during the 2019-20 season he has decided to call it a career. After his retirement, the St. Louis Blues will miss one of the franchise’s fan favorites, a veteran leader, and one of the team’s better defensemen.
Jay Bouwmeester Career Overview
Jay Bouwmeester started his career off with a bang after being drafted third overall in the 2002 NHL entry draft by the Florida Panthers. In his rookie season, Bouwmeester played in all 82 regular-season games. He scored four goals and 12 assists which were good enough to earn him a spot on the all-rookie team and he finished seventh place in Calder voting.
With Florida, Bouwmeester was consistently in contention to win the James Norris Trophy as the league-best defensemen. Although he had a good stint in Florida his career didn’t take off until he was traded to Calgary during the summer of 2009. Bouwmeester played 3.5 seasons with the Calgary Flames. He was nominated for the Lady Byng twice during his tenure in Calgary.
In the midst of the 2012-13 season Bouwmeester was once again traded but this time it was too the St. Louis Blues. With the Blues, Bouwmeester continued the trend of being nominated for numerous awards. During the 2013-14 season, he earned his spot on the All-Star team and came in 17th place for the James Norris trophy. Two seasons later during the 2015-16 season, Bouwmeester was once again nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy as the player with the most sportsmanship and high skill in the NHL.
His biggest accomplishment came during the 2018-19 season as he and his teammates on the St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games to capture the Stanley cup. During the playoffs leading up to the Stanley Cup, Bouwmeester was incredible. At 35 years old, Bouwmeester played in 26 playoff games and was on the ice for an average of 23 minutes and 30 seconds a game. He assisted on seven goals during the playoff run. He finally was able to achieve his dream after a hard-fought series against the Bruins.
An Unfortunate Ending To a Great Career
After a very good start to the 2019-20 season for both the Blues and Bouwmeester tragedy struck. On February 11th of 2020, the Blues were matched up against the Anaheim Ducks. During the first period of the game, Bouwmeester suffered from a cardiac episode and collapsed on the Blues bench. This unfortunately was the last game of his great career.
Conclusion of Jay Bouwmeester Has Called It a career
After a successful 17 year NHL career, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has called it a career. The defenseman achieved some fantastic feats. He was a fantastic player and leader for all the clubs he played for. With the Panthers, Flames, and Blues he was nominated for multiple individual awards but no trophy bigger than Bouwmeester and his teammates captured the Stanley Cup in the 2018-19 season. Hopefully, Bouwmeester and his family can enjoy life after hockey and retirement.
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