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Rich Peverley, former member of the 2011 Boston Bruins Stanley Cup team, collapsed on the bench on Monday, March 10th during a game between his team, the Dallas Stars, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Members of the Dallas Stars’ medical team defibrillated Peverley’s heart. Thursday, March 12th, fans and friends learned that Peverley would undergo a heart procedure for the irregular heartbeat that caused the cardiac event on Monday.
Bruins teammates like Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Shawn Thornton, and Boston fans were genuinely concerned when they heard the news of his collapse. Bergeron, Seguin and Thornton reportedly texted with the Stars’ team manager, Peverley’s wife, and others to better understand what took place on Monday to calm their concerns about their friend.
Shawn Thornton said to WEEI.com, that “You never want to see that obviously, but he’s one of our good friends on this team. He’s one of the great guys. We were pretty worried.”
Peverley was scheduled to have the heart procedure, called a atrial fibrillation ablation, after the season ended. Whether or not he will return to the ice is still up in the air and for his doctors to decide.
The hockey community in Boston and in Dallas was rocked by the news. Peverley stated during Thursday’s press conference that he was “grateful” for the Stars’ team doctors. Their swift action, moving him into the locker room in 14 seconds, saved his life.
The surgery Peverley will undergo has a high success rate. Now, hockey fans and players must wait and see when he will return to the ice.