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Peverley upbeat about recovery, but future’s still uncertain

Jul 12, 2014, 1:23 PM EST

Rich Peverley AP

As of last Thursday, it has been four months since Rich Peverley collapsed while on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets because of a cardiac event. That led to him having a corrective procedure on his heart and since then he’s been cautiously rehabbing with the goal of continuing his NHL career.

He feels the process is going really well, but it’s not to the point yet where he can make a prediction about his future.

“I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen, but I’m hoping to play and it’s got to be under the right circumstances,” Peverley told The Ticket 1310 AM in Dallas, per NHL.com.

Peverley is still on medication to control his heartbeat, but he thinks the next step in his recovery will be to discontinue that. From there they’ll be able to see how his heart responds to him exercising. If that goes well, then he will still need to take other steps before he’s cleared to play.

“I think I’m lucky to be here and you definitely don’t take very many things for granted, if you take anything for granted. I definitely put my family and my wife and my close family in perspective, that they’re the most important thing in the world,” he said. “I want to do whatever I can to play hockey, but like I said, under the right circumstances. There is a chapter after hockey if that’s the road we go down.

“But we’ll wait and see what happens. I’m just excited to see where it’s going to take me next.”

  1. patthehockeyfan - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    For RIch’s sake, I hope he makes it back to playing in the NHL. If he can’t, then I wish him a long, healthy and happy life.

    • amaninwhite - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      At the same time, he’ll be putting everyone he plays with and against at risk of seeing him collapse again, or potentially worse. It messed up people who witnessed it the last time. Is it fair to put them at risk of seeing it happen again?

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        To answer: No, Peverly will not be putting people at risk. How they deal with, god forbid, another episode is how THEY deal with it, and none of the responsibility lies with Peverly.

        What you’re saying is that if Peverly is cleared to play, he shouldn’t because of the possibility of other people’s reactions. That is just stupid. He has the right to earn his living as he sees fit.

      • amaninwhite - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        This wasn’t the first time this has happened to Peverley. It is a chronic condition that he has and, should he play again, there is a very real threat that this, or worse, could happen again. This is public knowledge. Is it in the NHL’s best interest to knowingly allow a player with this condition to continue playing? What if the same thing happens again? What if something worse happens? Where does any liability fall toward?

  2. theskinsman - Jul 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Well said. Love to see a full recovery.

  3. BurkieInBoston - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Best wishes to Pevs in his rehab!

  4. 950003cups - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    That was scary. Same thing happened to Cherepanov, a ranger prospect in the KHL. The kid fell over on Jagr’s lap and died. Then good Ol’ Slats asked the league for a compensation pick that same year because their pick died. #douchebag

  5. metroplexfrog - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    I hope Rich makes a full recovery and can play again but, more importantly, I want him to live a long life.

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