Early in the first period of the game between the Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Jackets took an early 1-0 lead, but that’s not the story of the game. The story is Stars player Rich Peverley. While sitting on the Stars bench, Dallas player Rich Peverley collapsed and was rushed to receive emergency medical treatment. The collapse came at about the 6:23 mark, and Dallas players frantically banged their sticks on the boards and eventually ran out onto the ice to stop the game and get their fallen teammate medical attention. Peverley was rushed into the tunnel where he received oxygen and a shock from the defibrillator before being taken to a Dallas-area hospital. Here’s the stoppage as it happenedhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IHKxZ0SX30
“When he dropped, it was red alert,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.”
Peverley, 31, is in good condition at the hospital and is being kept for observation. He has a history of heart problems, having missed a game last week for an irregular heartbeat. He underwent a medical procedure to correct his irregular heartbeat six months ago after the condition was uncovered during a physical before Stars’ training camp. Peverley has 7 goals and 23 assists in 62 games this season. Here’s hoping he’s able to get his health condition resolved and return to the team.
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