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NHL • Stars forward Peverley to sit for season after collapse

Published March 12, 2014 9:59 pm

NHL • Forward was rushed to the hospital during game Monday.
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Dallas • Rich Peverley will not play again this season after collapsing on the bench during a game.

Whether the Dallas Stars forward resumes his career won't be known until after more extensive work evaluating his irregular heartbeat.

Peverley appeared briefly at a news conference Wednesday, reading nervously from a statement that thanked "the number of people that saved my life" after he went down in the first period of a game against Columbus, stunning players, coaches and fans.

The 31-year-old left the questions to doctors who said his season was over and he would undergo a procedure that he decided to put off when his condition was first discovered during a physical before training camp in September.

Dr. Robert Dimeff said Peverley was given the option of treating atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, with a minor adjustment and medication or missing several months to undergo a more invasive approach.

"He said, 'I'm new to the team, it's a new coach, a new general manager, I only have a two-year contract, they've got to know that I can play,' " Dimeff said of Peverley, who came to the Stars in an offseason trade from the Boston Bruins.

Dimeff said Peverley's heart likely raced out of control and then stopped during the game against Columbus on Monday night, but probably for no more than about 10 seconds before medical personnel got it going again in the tunnel behind the Dallas bench at American Airlines Center. The game was postponed.

The procedure Peverley skipped in September, called an ablation, will likely be performed within days.