Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley won’t be playing hockey any more this season.
Two days after Peverley suffered what was described as a "cardiac event" on the Dallas bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, doctors have determined the 31-year-old should skip the remainder of the season and undergo another heart procedure at the Cleveland Clinic originally planed for the off-season.
“His season for participating in hockey this year is over, so he’s done,” Dr. Robert Dimeff said Wednesday during a press conference at UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital in Dallas.
Peverley's status beyond this season is not yet known, according to Dimeff.
Peverley attended the press conference, along with coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Jim Nill, and made a brief statement.
“On behalf of my wife, Nathalie, all my family and myself, I’d like to thank all of the people that have saved my life,” said Peverley. ”First I’d like to start off with Dr. Robert Dimeff, Dr. Bill Robertson, Gil Salazar and our trainers of the Dallas Stars. They all attended to me once I passed out and saved my life, and I will forever be grateful.”
Peverley then got up and personally thanked Ruff, Nill and his doctors before leaving.
He didn’t take questions.
Peverley, from Kingston, Ont., underwent a procedure six months ago to correct an irregular heartbeat, and also missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem.
Monday's game was stopped 6:23 into the first period American Airlines Center, when Dallas players noticed their teammate in distress and jumped over the boards to stop the game.
As medical staff rushed to help Peverley, players and staff on both teams were clearly shaken, and a postponement of the game was announced about 30 minutes later. Peverley was rushed to hospital where he was in stable condition after undergoing tests.