Rich Peverly collapses on Dallas Stars bench

The Stars and Blue Jackets stopped mid-game after Rich Peverly collapsed on the bench

3/11/14 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Mar 10, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Play is stopped during the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets game while team officials check out center Rich Peverley (not pictured) during the first period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsIt's not often that you see a hockey game stop right in the middle, with both teams completely disinterested in taking the ice to finish the game.

But that's exactly what happened last night between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars, when Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench only 6:23 into the first period.

According to UT Southwestern Dr. Gil Salazar, Peverley had a 'cardiac event,' but it was treated successfully:
"We treated (Peverley) for a cardiac event successfully. We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring. As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was."

When Peverley collapsed, the Stars' medical staff immediately sprung into action, and play stopped on the ice.

Due to the serious nature of the incident, the Stars communicated to the Blue Jackets that their players were shaken and didn't want to just keep playing hockey as if something happened. The Blue Jackets understood, and will reschedule at some point.

Hopefully Peverley continues to recover and doesn't have any more episodes like this. Best wishes, Rich.
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