Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars NHL team collapsed on the bench during the Mar. 10 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Rich Perverley, 31, is lucky to be alive. The Dallas Stars player collapsed mid-game during a contest with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Mar. 10. His life threatening collapsed comes just six months after Rich had undergone a procedure to correct an irregular heart beat.
Dallas Stars Player Collapses On The Bench During Blue Jackets Game
When Rich collapsed on the bench mid-game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, coach Lindy Ruff was among those trying frantically to carry him into a nearby tunnel to receive medical attention, reports Fox News.
After the game halted and the shocking scene played out, Rich was stabilized, and transported to a hospital and in good condition.
“When he dropped, it was red alert,” Lindy said after the game between Dallas and Columbus was postponed.
For several painful minutes on the ice, the Stars players stood in stunned silence, and clearly in distress over seeing one of their own being taken seemingly lifeless off the ice.
Rich Perverley Hospitalized After Collapsing In Game Against Blue Jackets
Play was halted at 6:23, and the postponement was announced about 30 minutes later.
The Blue Jackets were leading 1-0 in the first period before the game was stopped. “Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors,” Lindy said. “The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now,” he said in the moments following Rich’s collapse.
Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals were Perverley was taken, said the player was treated “successfully” for a cardiac event at American Airlines Center, reports Fox News.
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