Dallas Stars player Rich Peverley was rushed to hospital after collapsing on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
The game was stopped in the first period as Peverley's teammates gathered around the bench to check on the centreman, who was taken to hospital and was conscious, CBS News reported.
The Stars updated Peverley's condition via the team's Twitter account:
UPDATE: Rich Peverley has been taken to the hospital an is conscious. The game is still delayed at the moment. That's all we know for now.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Rich Peverley remains conscious and continues to be treated. We'll make updates available on his condition as they become available.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
"We treated [peverley] for a cardiac event successfully." -Dr. Gil Salazar— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Per Dr. Salazar, Peverley was aware of where he was when became conscious and wanted to get back in to the game.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Extensive testing will continue over the next day or so. We will update you as soon as we know more.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
"Personally, I thought the medical staff did an unbelievable job tonight."-Coach Ruff.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
"First thing Rich asked me when I spoke to him- 'how much time left in the period'. You know, typical athlete"-Coach Ruff— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Peverley missed training camp and the start of the regular season when he underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, NHL.com reported.
The latest incident spawned the hashtag "#Prayforpeverley" in which Twitter users extended their best wishes to the player:
I once had the pleasure of meeting Rich Peverley. One of the coolest, nicest guys you'll meet. Sad this happened to him. #PrayForPeverley— Matthew Torres-Gomez (@I_am_MTG) March 11, 2014
Seguin and Horton are a perfect example of no matter what level or team, hockey players are always a family. #PrayForPeverley— Colton (@ctinch22) March 11, 2014
When Peverley regained consciousness, he said he wanted to keep playing. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is #PrayForPeverley— Colby Glauser (@ColbyGlauser) March 11, 2014
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