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NHL postpones Blue Jackets-Stars game following Peverley’s collapse

Mar 10, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT

Alex Goligoski, Boone Jenner AP

The NHL decided to postpone Monday’s game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets after Rich Peverley collapsed on the Stars bench. Peverley is conscious and receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

The Blue Jackets held a 1-0 lead at the 6:23 mark of the first period. It’s unclear when the game will be made up at this time, but an update will be provided when that information is available.

The Stars head to St. Louis the face the Blues on Tuesday while the Blue Jackets host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow, so both teams will face a quick turnaround following this jarring scene.

  1. bcsteele - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Prayers for Peverly.

  2. killerpgh - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Not saying its the wrong move, but I’m surprised. Didn’t they continue playing the game when Zednik and Malarchuk each got there necks sliced open with much more gruesome looking acts?Maybe its just me but I’m thinking I would be more rattled and less willing to play the game after seeing a guy almost bleed to death than I would just see a fellow player collapse for an unknown reason.

    • 7mantel - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Don’t we all learn from past issues ,the NHL has !The postponement shows us all it’s really just a game !

    • pens87 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Was watching the game when it happened. Not a single one of the stars players looked like they had any will left to play after that happened. There was nothing but pure concern for their teammates well being. It was the right call. Wish him the best, hope he can make a comeback but an irregular heartbeat is a tough issue to deal with.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      My memory might be failing me but I think they continued the game after Bill Masterson died on the ice.

      • 7mantel - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        He passed the next day ,I think !

      • missthemexpos - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        And people use to own slaves too, the point being as 7mantel mentioned above is that we all learn from past issues.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        My recollection of that is Masterton was carried off the ice unconscious and never woke up, and he died a day or so later.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      OK, I’m sure some of you will blast away at this, but I’m seeing this much like killerpgh is. First, I fervently hope Peverley continues his recovery to good health. I am puzzled at how his apparently brief fainting episode, from which he quickly was well enough to ask about returning to the game, is so much more emotionally devastating to his teammates than are the myriad gruesome on-ice injuries we’ve seen. The severe injuries could easily happen to any player, while Peverley’s heart issues are not likely shared by many (or any) of his teammates, so they wouldn’t be thinking, “wow, that could so easily be me” as they might when seeing a player get his neck sliced open by a skate. Can anyone explain?

  3. prd797 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Definitely the right thing to do.

    Good to hear that Rich was in the hands of prompt and efficient professionals to attend to him in his time of need. Wish him a full recovery.

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    When this game is rescheduled, will the score and time be as it is now or will it be 0-0 and a full 60 to play.
    Get better soon Pevs!

    • govtminion - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      That’s… actually a good question. No idea how they’ll handle this, now that you mention it.

  5. penguins87and71 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    This is bigger then the game of hockey. It’s a human being were talking about, of course it was the right decision to post pone the game.

  6. hardkor07mn - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Well said 7mantel

  7. witchrunner - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I guess times are a changing. Players get hurt and are hauled away not infrequently in sports. Sure, those there are concerned. But, they always manage to dust themselves off and chug on. They finished the hockey game where Teddy Green got chopped in the head by Maki in 1969. They finished the game where Tony C. got beaned in the head by Hamilton in 1967. Both were extremely gruesome. But, guess what? After they were hauled off on stretchers they finished the games.

    I can understand the concern for Peve, but …… the only reason I can think of to postpone the game is that both teams decided that they needed some rest for their games the next night. I wonder what the “rule” is now. If someone passes out while sitting on the bench, then you can cancel the game. But, if someone gets viciously knocked out, then you continue to play. Just wondering. Of course, all the fans expecting to see a game…..

    I know that I am apparently the loner in saying this, but it appears that even hockey is being chickified. The fact is that after it happened and Peve was taken to the hospital there was nothing the players could do for him.

    • blomfeld - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      I ‘hear ya’ Witchrunner … what you say is ‘truth’ despite these changing times … Blom

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM

      Witchrunner, your sexist “chickified” does not improve your argument, which I basically agree with above.

      • witchrunner - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        nothanks, sorry about the term. Got tongue tied and couldn’t think of an appropriate term. It was definitely not meant to be sexist. Think of it more like the difference between “action” films and “chickflicks.” People know what a chickflick is, so why bother trying to describe it? Plus, to the extent that it is sexist, I’m allowed!

    • nj666 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Yeah lets use examples from the 60’s as a way to conduct the medical staff and crew…

  8. the8man - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Witchrunner and Blom thumbs up!

    Best wishes to Peverley. However, I would have been pissed off to get pushed out of that arena after I made the trek, bought a few beers and paid for parking. Not to mention the loss of my time. All of this because a player lost consciousness due to an existing condition.

    Bad call to postpone. No respect for the fans or the everyone else in the building who showed up. Huge overreaction. And the nanny state continues to grow.

    Ridiculous. Bring on the thumbs down, daycare needers.

    • nj666 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      Well you’re a terrible fan. If I were to see a player on my team have an a-fib issue and go down (from the stands or the bench), I’d care more for the player and not about the game. Take your political “this is a manly mans world” agenda out of here.”Nanny state” are you f’n kidding me? We get it people like you only care about yourselves.

    • wbsf - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      I was there and ended up agreeing with the cancellation, but was made to feel like a villain because I wasn’t excited about losing my $25 for parking

  9. madmax80 - Mar 11, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    In other news, the NHL denied Gillis’ request to postpone the rest of the Canucks games following their most recent collapse.

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