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Peverley asked to return to game following ‘cardiac event’

Mar 10, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

The Dallas Stars provided updates about Rich Peverley after he was hospitalized following a scary collapse during Monday’s game, including the stunning revelation that he wanted to return to action tonight. Head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed as much following the postponement.

The Stars announced that Peverley will undergo “extensive testing” regarding his condition, with the best news being that he was “successfully treated.” He already missed some time earlier this season with an irregular heartbeat, including a recent setback before Monday’s incident, which Dr. Gil Salazar labeled as a “cardiac event.”

Naturally, no decision has been made regarding when – or if – Peverley will resume his NHL career … but it’s pretty clear that he wanted to return to the ice right away.

The NHL provided this statement regarding the 31-year-old:

Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.

  1. lowenni - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    The guy collapses on the bench, and a few minutes later he wants to get back on the ice. This is why I love hockey.

  2. jernster21 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    I’m not a doctor, but if they had to use a defibrillator, I assume heart must have stopped beating. Not sure how he’d be medically cleared to continue playing after that..

    • bcsteele - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      You can use a defib to correct an irregular heartbeat. Doesn’t mean his heart stopped. Also doesn’t mean He’s in the clear. Not sure about his future, but best tread softly…

      Signed….a paramedic

      • jernster21 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Thanks for the info….scary situation either way.

      • tnhockeygal - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        thank you for making the clarifying point…. biggest misconception regarding defibrillator….

      • chicagobtech - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Sorry for duplicating your post bcsteele, I stepped away from my reply for a bit to help the wife.

      • charlieconway96 - Mar 11, 2014 at 4:24 AM

        The main thing that would lead me to believe his heart stopped and things got really really scary is that they postponed the game. I doubt they would have done that unless things were looking very dark.

      • matt14gg - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:38 AM

        You are correct, but the doctor also said they did CPR. So, as you would know, he was in cardiac arrest (his heart stopped).

    • govtminion - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      He might not be cleared for a while at least, but remember that Chris Pronger’s heart was stopped during a game years ago, and he went on to have a long career after that.

      …That said, Prongers was the result of a puck hitting him, while this sounds more like a heart defect or something to that end. I would hope that he listens to the very clear message his maker gave him tonight, and steps away from this career. It’s not worth losing your life over. He’s made a ton of money, he has a Cup ring, there’s nothing left to prove that’s worth the risk.

    • chicagobtech - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Naah. Defibrillators are not used to restart a heart after cardiac arrest, unless you’re in Hollywood. They’re used to clear up ventricular fibrillation (quivering hearts, not beating hearts) or ventricular tachycardia (irregular heartbeats in the ventricles). If Peverley was asystole (no heartbeat – flat lined) it would have been CPR and adrenaline.

      Note: I’m not a doctor either, but the cardiologists at work are.

      • matt14gg - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Semantics. V-Fib is cardiac arrest, and V-Tach either is or will be cardiac arrest if not treated immediately. So essentially even though you cannot successfully defibrillate asystole, most “cardiac arrests” are V-Fib or V-Tach, which are always (or at least should be) defibrillated.

  3. penguins87and71 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I’m just happy his okay. If his having Cardiac problems it may be best to hang it up. I’m no doctor but as a human being I would live to see him live a long life.

    • matt14gg - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      He won’t have a choice. They will not allow him to play.

  4. jcornella - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Get well Pev!!! Beantown is praying for you!!!

  5. alicesrightfootesq - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I didn’t know he had a history of heart problems. :/

  6. elemeno89 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Take your time Pevs, the game isn’t going anywhere. Buffalos thoughts are with you and your family tonight.

  7. slickvb82 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Hockey players are so badass!!

    Most importantly though, hope he’s doing ok!

  8. clarke16 - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Nothing to take lightly. Sergei Zholtok once had a couple of on-ice episodes for the Wild where he was experiencing an irregular heartbeat and was out for a couple of weeks while the Mayo Clinic did every imaginable test on his heart–then ultimately came back to play. I think it was no more than a year or two later–during the strike of 2006 while playing in the championship game of the KHL that he took his shift early in the game, skated back to the bench and started walking directly down the tunnel to the room–then collapsed and died–thought to be from a Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM) related arrhythmia.

    One of the nicest, most genuine people you’d ever want to meet. He said he wouldn’t come back unless he was completely cleared again to play–his family was too important to him.

    Live it while you’ve got it. Tomorrow is promised to no one.

    • matt14gg - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Great post.

  9. jaybaileys - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Hope the dude is ok, but what the heck is going on here. Letang out of the blue has a stroke and then this during a game. I realize this guy had a history but, shouldn’t the medical staffs be able to pick up on some of this stuff? Crazy hope these guys are ok, specially Peverly man passing out on the bench had to be scary stuff for all involved.

  10. isphet71 - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Please get well and be extra, extra cautious! This is a scary thing and is bringing back really bad memories, as I am a Wings fan that was watching the game where Jiri Fisher collapsed on the bench next to Stevie Y.

  11. bruinsfan55 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    You’re in our thoughts and prayers in Beantown and in New England Pevs

  12. mikedoc315 - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Get well soon Rich Peverley,I hope you have a full and speedy recovery,Good luck and get well soon a Flyers fan.

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