UPDATE: Peverley is reportedly out for the rest of the season and will continue to rehab with doctors. The doctors were unable to say if Peverley would be able to play hockey again in the future.
“I’d like to thank the number of people who saved my life,” Peverley said. “They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life. I will forever be grateful.”
On Monday night in Dallas, a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Dallas Stars came to a sudden halt due to a frantic commotion on the Dallas bench. Coaches scrambled and yelled up into the crowd looking for a doctor. Players on both teams poured out of their benches and looked on in stunned silence as 31-year-old Stars forward Rich Peverley was on the ground, unconscious. It was a terrifying scene that seemed to be the beginning of a tragic incident.
Peverley had suffered a cardiac event. Thankfully, due to quick actions by everyone involved, Peverley’s heart rate was brought back to normal. He was taken to the hospital and was conscious and aware of his surroundings. He even expressed a desire to return to the game.
That game was suspended due to the intense emotions of players from both teams.
In September Peverley underwent surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Peverley won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011, playing a key role as a jack of all trades. A friend of mine once compared him to Troy Brown due to his willingness to do whatever the team needed him to do. Peverley is a veteran of 8 seasons, this was his first in Dallas. Former Bruins Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas are his teammates with the Stars. Also, Nathan Horton plays for Columbus. Current Stars Kari Lehtonen and Vernon Fiddler also played with Peverley on other teams. Lehtonen in Atlanta and Fiddler for three seasons in Nashville.
Thankfully Peverley is as okay as you could hope for. It’s always scary when the heart is involved. Medical staff responded quickly, chest compressions and defibrillation were necessary to get his heartbeat back in rhythm. He was also given oxygen. That’s frightening stuff.
Hopefully this is something that he can have corrected.
Everyone in Boston is thinking about you, Pevs.
The Stars play the Blues in St. Louis tonight.