Rich Peverley Ruled out for Season After Collapsing on Bench

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 11, 2014

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Updates from Friday, Mar. 28

The Dallas Stars provide an update from Rich Peverley, who speaks about returning to the ice:

Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 19

The Stars have released an update on Rich Peverley's status after undergoing surgery:

“Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation.”

Updates from Thursday, Mar. 13

Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News has the latest on Peverley:

Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 12

Rich Peverley spoke about the incident during Monday's game vs. Columbus (via Brian Stubits of

On behalf of my wife, all of my family and myself I'd like to thank the number of people who saved my life. They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life and I will forever be grateful.

The Dallas team doctors also spoke about Peverley and his status for the season (via Joe Haggerty of and Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars' official team site:

Original Text

There was a scary incident during Monday night's game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets, as Stars center Rich Peverley collapsed on the team's bench, forcing the game to be postponed midway through the first period.

Television broadcaster Jody Shelley, via reporter Lori Schmidt, described the scene:

Here's a look at what transpired:

Peverley, who spent 2:35 on the ice in the first period before coming out of the game, was carried down the tunnel without the use of a stretcher. 

As The Plain Dealer's Tom Reed noted, the game was then stopped with 13:37 remaining the first period, and the players were sent back to the dressing rooms:

A short time later, with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0, the game was officially postponed, with details regarding the makeup contest still unknown:

Fortunately, Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff, via broadcaster Daren Millard, provided some encouraging news before the team announced Peverley was taken to the hospital:

The NHL's and the Stars' Twitter feed later provided more information: 

Dan Rosen of later reported Stars general manager Jim Nill rushed to be by Peverley's side:

Nill released a statement on Peverley later in the day, according to

"Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.

The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.

We do not have any more specifics at the moment.

Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike."- GM Jim Nill

The Dallas Stars will hold a press conference tomorrow, along with the UT Southwestern doctors, to give an update on the situation. Further details for the press conference will be disseminated later today.

As you may remember, the 31-year-old Peverley underwent a procedure in September to fix an irregular heartbeat, which makes this incident even more frightening at first glance. 

When he was recovering, though, he was quick to point out, via The Dallas Morning News' Mike Heika, that it was a normal procedure:

A couple of days last week, I was feeling a little bit like my heart was racing. I think people hear it’s a heart thing and they think it’s life-threatening. It’s not. Normal people have it, and they can go through daily life.

Moreover, Ruff reportedly told Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards that Peverley was talking and will be OK, according to Schmidt. It's good to hear some positive updates following what was such a scary scene. 

Entering Monday, Peverley, who was traded to Dallas from the Boston Bruins in July, has tallied 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists) in 62 games. 


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