Peverley thankful for support after health scare

Peverley thankful for support after health scare
March 12, 2014, 2:15 pm
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UPDATE: Peverley has been shut down for the rest of this season will undergo a heart procedure designed to correct his irregular heartbeat condition at the Cleveland Clinic. The procedure had been planned for Peverley after the season regardless of what happened during the year.

MONTREAL -- Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is only a couple of days removed from the frightening situation where he collapsed on the bench Monday night and had to be revived by the fast actions of the Stars medical personnel on the scene.

The former Bruins, Thrashers and Predators forward reached out via text to recently.

“I am very thankful for everyone that has kept me in their thoughts,” Peverley wrote.

A wide range of teammates including Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton all spoke on Tuesday of their fond feelings for Peverley as a respected, well-liked friend, and a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team that will always have a special place in each of those players’ hearts.

Bruins coach Claude Julien also strongly stressed that it doesn’t matter which team Peverley now suits up for, and that the deep feelings felt for teammates are probably second to only those of immediate family members.

“He’s a former teammate, and a former teammate that we liked a lot and respected a lot,” said Julien. “We were happy to hear the good news. Certainly as much as it rocked the two teams that were there [when it happened on Monday], it also rocked this team, and it rocked both the players and the coaches.

“The news is encouraging. But it also goes to show you how important it is to have the right medical people around our sport: from the doctors on the benches and our trainers that are trained with that kind of a situation. Guys like [Peverley] and Jiri Fischer are here today in large part because of that.”

Peverley has been managing an irregular heartbeat all season, and he has seven goals and 30 points in 62 games for the Stars this season.