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Rich Peverley resting comfortably, continues to be monitored

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Rich Peverley continues to be monitored at an area hospital after collapsing Monday. (USATSI)
Rich Peverley continues to be monitored at an area hospital after collapsing Monday. (USATSI)

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Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill provided an update on the condition of forward Rich Peverley, who collapsed on the bench Monday night after what doctor's called a “cardiac event.”

From the Stars:

“Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night,” said Nill.

“The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.

“We do not have any more specifics at the moment.

“Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he's received from fans and friends alike.”

Nill left the NHL's general manager's meetings ongoing in Florida to be in Dallas with his team and near Peverley.

The first concern, as always goes to Peverley's health and where things stand. The fact that Peverley is resting comfortably and communicating well is a great sign, obviously.

There will be questions asked sooner than later about what this means for his career, but until then, the hope is that Peverley is able to get back to health and doctors get to the bottom of what triggered Monday night's situation. The heart is nothing to mess around with, as Peverley has been getting treated all year for the irregular heartbeat that was discovered earlier this year.

As much as hockey means to these players, it really becomes secondary and you just have to hope Peverley is able to live his life without complications going forward.

The Stars' game with the St. Louis Blues for tonight is expected to be played as scheduled after Monday night's contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets was halted and then postponed. A makeup date for that game has not yet been announced.

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