Dalas Stars' Rich Peverley has heart surgery

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley had surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm on Tuesday. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic, where the surgery took place, on Wednesday.

Peverley collapsed on the Stars bench early in the first period of the Stars game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 10. They moved him from the bench and administered CPR and used a defibrillator on him. He was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he stayed for 48 hours undergoing tests, according to ESPN. He was able to talk before being taken to the hospital.

"Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18. He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic today and is expected to return to Dallas tomorrow. He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement, NHL.com notes.

On Thursday Peverley visited the team during practice. He watched Friday’s game from a suite. Peverley became a member of the Stars this season after playing with the Boston Bruins for three years. He has seven goals and 23 assists in 62 games this season, according to the Sports Xchange. He is signed through next season for $3.25 million.

Peverley should return to Dallas on Thursday. He is out for the rest of the season. The Stars March 10 game was postponed after Peverley collapsed and will be played on April 9.

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