Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley will miss the rest of the season as he is scheduled to undergo a procedure that will regulate his heart rate.
“His season for participated in hockey is over,” said Dr. Robert J. Dimeff, primary care sports medicine director at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
The surgery, which will take place in Cleveland, was originally scheduled for the offseason. The recovery time is a few months.
The 31-year-old Peverley collapsed on the Stars bench early in Monday’s game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was given immediate medical treatment by medical personnel on the scene in the tunnel that leads to the Stars’ dressing room.
According to doctors on the scene, Peverley was treated for a cardiac event and that he was defibrillated successfully after one attempt. Dr. Dimeff said that tests that Peverley has undergone have been normal.
Peverley made a brief appearance at the news conference and thanked doctors for saving his life and his coaches, front office and fans for their support. He shook hands with all the doctors and departed.
Dr. Dimeff said he and his team practice dealing with a medical emergency on the ice and were able to get Peverley from the bench to the tunnel in 14 seconds.
“It’s controlled panic, but everyone was done very professionally and there were no issues,” Dr. Dimeff said.
The NHL decided to postpone Monday’s game and will decide at a later date if it will be made up.
“As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed,” the NHL said in a statement Monday night. “We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.”
Peverley was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat before the season, thanks to an EKG taken during his physical. He underwent a procedure to help repair the issue and debuted with the club on Oct. 5.
He played in 62 games, but did miss one last week in Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat. Peverley played in the next two games before collapsing on Monday with a little more than six minutes gone in the first period.
Peverley has seven goals and 23 assists this season, which is good enough for top-5 in points on the team. He joined the Stars before the 2013-14 season as part of the deal that brought Tyler Seguin to Dallas from Boston.
In his career, Peverley has played in 442 NHL games in all or parts of 10 seasons with Nashville, Atlanta, Boston and, most recently, Dallas. He has 241 points — 84 goals, 157 assists.