Dallas Stars game postponed after player rushed to hospital

Rich Peverley

Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley takes the ice to face the Columbus Blue Jackets at the American Airlines Center on March 10, 2014, before a medical emergency during the first period. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)




Posted on March 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 10:23 PM

DALLAS -- Play was halted during the Dallas Stars game at the American Airlines Center Monday night after Dallas center Rich Peverley collapsed on the team's bench after a "cardiac event."

The game has been postponed by the NHL, and will be rescheduled at a later date.

"As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed," the league said in a statement.

Players were yelling and banging their sticks against the boards, attempting to get medical attention to the fallen player. He was rushed from the ice, and the team said Peverley is conscious at a local hospital.

"When he dropped, it was red alert," said Dallas Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff. "Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors."

Peverley, 31, missed time earlier this season due to an irregular heartbeat, including last Tuesday's game. Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News reported Peverley was "feeling strange" after the team's game last Monday.

Ruff told the Morning News Peverley has "been monitoring it the whole year and this might have been the first or second time it’s come around, but it’s something he has to deal with and it’s something that obviously we’re aware of.”

Team doctor Dr. Gil Salazar said Monday night the team's medical staff treated Peverley for a cardiac event successfully, that he was aware of where he was, and that he wanted to get back in the game when he regained consciousness.

"I thought the medical staff did an unbelievable job tonight," Ruff said after the game was postponed.

Salazar said more extensive testing will occur over the next day or so.

Peverley had played in 62 of the Stars' 64 games this season and recorded seven goals and 23 assists.

The Columbus Blue Jackets led Monday night's game 1-0 when play was stopped 6:23 into the first period.