When the American Airlines Center emptied out Monday night it was not because the game was over. It was postponed after Dallas’s Rich Peverely collapsed.
It happened around the 13:37 mark in the first period of the game between the St. Louis Blue Jackets and Dallas Stars. Peverely was on the bench having skated a shift earlier in the period when he suddenly collapsed. The game was quickly halted as paramedics were ushered over.
Little time was wasted in getting him away from the bench and down the tunnel where medical personnel could examine him. By time he was transported to the hospital he had regained consciousness.
Peverely has had issues with his heart in the past. He missed the entire preseason due to an irregular heartbeat, and more recently had to be held out of last Tuesday’s game. At the time there wasn’t cause for concern since it was something that was being closely monitored.
“It was the same thing,” Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff said. “He’s 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.”
The game was delayed at first, but eventually postponed.
While the game had to end prematurely at least the night didn’t end on a bad note. Team officials have announced that he is going to be just fine. According to Ruff the first thing he asked was how much time was left and to get back in the game.[ESPN, NBC]