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Peverley hospitalized, conscious after collapsing on Stars bench (Update)

Mar 10, 2014, 9:08 PM EDT

Update: The Dallas Stars announced that Rich Peverley has been hospitalized and is conscious after that incident. The NHL is still in the decision-making process regarding a cancellation.

Play has been suspended between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars on Monday as Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench tonight (follow this link for video).

No announcement has yet been made regarding whether or not the game will be postponed to a later date. It’s also unclear what might be ailing the 31-year-old forward, although Lindy Ruff announced that he’ll be “OK.”

The Dallas Morning News noted that Peverley was recently sidelined with cardiac issues, but it’s not official if that might be the cause of his problems at this time. This is what Ruff said about Peverley’s irregular heartbeat on March 6; note that he missed all of the preseason and the season-opener with such issues.

“It was the same thing,” Ruff said. “He’s been monitoring it the whole year and this might have been the first or second time it’s come around, but it’s something he has to deal with and it’s something that obviously we’re aware of.”

This post will be updated when more information is made available.

  1. lowenni - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Scary stuff. Hope Peverley’s okay, good player and good person. Sounds like he’s going to be fine. Still, never good news when you hear something like this.

    • lowenni - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Here’s video:

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

        Sorry, didn’t realize video link had already been posted.

  2. mrf47 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I hope Rich is ok.

    • ewampus - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      Who thumb downs something like this?

  3. stcrowe - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    This happened a few years back with Jiri Fischer. He had to retire afterwards. I wish Peverley all the best, but he may want to consider whether playing hockey is compatible with his condition, especially if he has kids.

  4. tfilarski - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    hope he is okay. not to be insensitive, but why were they sent to dressing room?

    • thephillyfanclub - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      A players heart collapsed on the bench you moron, are you serious

      • tfilarski - Mar 11, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        yes I am serious. people have been knocked unconscious on the ice blood spewing everywhere and the game continued after said player was taken off the ice, no?

      • thephillyfanclub - Mar 11, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        yeah i guess i can see where your coming from, sorry for being so harsh, i guess its just a little different when it involves a players heart and its a pre-existing condition.

  5. Idaslapter - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Thinking about you, Rich. Sending prayers from Nashville.

  6. sjsharks66 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    So many terrible things going on in the past week. Hope he has a fast recovery!!

  7. penguins87and71 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. A lot crazy and terrible stuff have been happening to hockey players lately. I have been praying for a lot of people lately, I’m getting tired of it.

  8. jason9696 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Sounds like he’s fine. Start the game again.

    • sabatimus - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      Get out. Ban this guy.

    • thephillyfanclub - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Wow I hope you feel pretty cool behind your computer right now, I wonder funny rich peverly and his concerned family would think you are as they sit at hospital worried for his well being, your a special kind of loser buddy

  9. thesublimeylimey - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Sounds like his career may well be over.

  10. koyoteken - Mar 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    As a Bruins fan I always likes Pevs. Hated to see him in that trade. I hope he gets taken care, gets better and is able to return to the ice. But if not, he needs to be there for his family first.

  11. chilguy - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    In all fairness, when I first heard about what happened, I also wondered why the game wasn’t resumed after he was taken to the locker room. Once I saw the video, however, I totally agree that the NHL’s decision to stop the game was an absolute no-brainer.

    In the clip I saw, everyone in the building — players, coaches, officials, fans — were shocked and stunned by what they were seeing. It wouldn’t even been remotely safe to continue playing.

    I’m old enough to remember the day when an NFL player (Chuck Hughes of the Detroit Lions) actually collapsed and died on the field in front of over 50,000 fans at Tiger Stadium in 1971.

    I was also on the sports staff at a newspaper near Washington, D.C. when a high school football player died under the almost exact same scenario as Hughes did during a state playoff game about 15 years later (I was covering a college basketball game two states away and heard about it THERE), and I can tell you it’s NOT the same thing as seeing someone get bloodied up.

    Aside from all the usual cliches as “it’s only a game” or “this puts everything in perspective,” anyone who thinks that the game should’ve been resumed has to be completely out of their minds.

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