Dallas, TX, United States (NewsBahn) – The Columbus Blue Jackets-Dallas Stars game Monday was postponed after Stars center Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench immediately after he left the ice in the first period.
After having his heart rhythm restored by doctors, Peverley was hospitalized but has answered questions and is undergoing further tests.
“I was scared,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff admitted in a press conference afterward. “My first emotion was we need somebody here real quick. When he dropped, it was red alert, don’t worry about the game, don’t worry about anything else; just turn around and scream for a doctor and that’s all. It was just let’s get him the help he needs, and they came and got him the help. For me, it was something I don’t want to witness again.”
The League released the following statement: “Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He 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.”