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Peverley to undergo heart procedure, will miss rest of season

Mar 12, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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Rich Peverley‘s season is over. Whether the 31-year-old Stars forward still has an NHL career has yet to be determined.

For now, the plan is for Peverley to undergo a heart procedure at the Cleveland Clinic — a procedure that was originally scheduled for the off-season, but has understandably been pushed up after he suffered a “cardiac event” and collapsed on the bench Monday in a game versus the Blue Jackets in Dallas.

Stars blog DefendingBigD covered today’s press conference in Dallas, which included Peverley, coach Lindy Ruff, general manager Jim Nill and team doctors Robert Dimeff and William Robertson.

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Peverley is signed through next season for a cap hit of $3.25 million.

Update: Here’s Peverley offering his gratitude to those who helped him, and also all those who lent their support:

  1. areaman714 - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Cardiac ablation here we come! (More than likely). Get well soon Mr Peverley!

  2. lowenni - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if he chooses to continue his nhl career after this. It’ll be sad if he can’t, because he’s a real solid player and good person. Best of luck to Rich in his procedure and whatever path he chooses to follow after it.

  3. bcsteele - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Best wishes sir and prayers for you and all involved in your care.

  4. patthehockeyfan - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    I’m glad they’ll be able to repair his heart so that he’ll be healthy again, and hopefully will not have another cardiac event. Healthy is more important than hockey.

  5. sabatimus - Mar 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Best thing for him right now.

  6. darksidecowboy - Mar 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Pevs will be missed, hopefully he gets the right treatment and play for Dallas come next season. If not, he’s won a cup, made some money, and who knows maybe think about coaching, keep rolling Pevs!

  7. skr213 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Best wishes from a Sharks fan.

  8. sjsharks66 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Best wishes! Hope he can continue his career!

  9. jacketsfan7 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Hell be back I just know it

  10. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Mar 12, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Well wishes.

  11. mikeyj73 - Mar 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. The Cleveland Clinic is the best Cardiovascular hospital in the world, I speak from experience as a patient. Hope to see you on the ice soon!!

  12. mikeyj73 - Mar 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    The Cleveland Clinic is the best Cardiovascular hospital in the world, I speak from experience as a patient. Best wishes Pevs for a speedy recovery. Hope to see you on the ice next season!!

  13. pfhockey - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Best of Luck!! A valuable and well respected player any team wouldn’t think twice to acquire. Making the right choice is all that matters.

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