Dallas Stars' Rich Peverley collapses on bench from cardiac event

By Michelle Kapusta,

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the team bench from a heart-related problem during a game Monday night.

According to ESPN, play between the Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets was stopped when Peverley was carried down the tunnel. A public address announcement revealed to the crowd that Peverley was being taken to an area hospital.

After the scary scene unfolded, the teams did not resume playing.

"When he dropped, it was red alert," said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. "Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don't want to play and I don't want to coach."

The Associated Press noted that Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago and missed a game last week with a reoccurrence problem.

Doctors on Monday said that the 31-year-old was successfully treated for the cardiac event and listed in good condition.

Peverley has been in the league since 2007 and has previously played for the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins.

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