It was a scary scene at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas this past Monday. At 13:37 of the first period, Stars winger Rich Peverley collapsed into an unconscious state on the players’ bench. Action was halted and several doctors and medical personnel rushed to the scene. Peverley was attended to on the Stars’ bench and in the tunnel that leads to the team’s dressing room.
The crowd fell silent, as did the players, while doctors frantically rescued the Star.
The game between the Stars and Blue Jackets featured four former members of the 2011 Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins: Peverley, along with his new Stars teammates Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas, as well as, Blue Jacket Nathan Horton.
Horton and Thomas worriedly watched together from the ice as doctors rectified the potentially disastrous situation.
— Adam M (@adamar108) March 11, 2014
Support from the hockey world poured in on Twitter; all additional twenty-nine clubs professed concern and best wishes to Peverley, his family, and the Stars organization.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rich Peverley and his family
Our thoughts and prayers are with Rich Peverley and the @DallasStars. / Nos pensées vont à Rich Peverley et aux Stars de Dallas.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 11, 2014
The thoughts and prayers of the Bruins organization are with Rich Peverley and the @DallasStars ^CS
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) March 11, 2014
NHL head office decided to postpone the game, which everyone agrees was the correct decision. The league released the following statement to the public:
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.”
The incident was a reminder that there is much more to life than sport. Thankfully, on this day, a terrifying situation had a happy ending – team doctors from both clubs reacted promptly and with professionalism. All reports indicate that Peverley is doing fine, recovering in a Dallas hospital.
There is no word as to how last night’s collapse will affect Peverley’s NHL career moving forward, but I think the point is: his career as an NHL player is of secondary importance under the circumstances. What is important, is that Rich Peverley returns to full health and his family and friends never have to experience another collapse like the one he suffered last night.
The Hockey Daily sends its thoughts and best wishes to the Peverley family and Dallas Stars organization. Get well Rich.