Tonight’s Dallas Stars vs. Columbus Blue Jackets game came to a halt in the first period, after Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. According to the Stars’ twitter account, Peverley is conscious and had been taken to the hospital.
Per Dr. Salazar, Peverley was aware of where he was when became conscious and wanted to get back in to the game.
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Peverley has had chronic issues related to an irregular heartbeat. He missed last Tuesday’s game after being unable to fly, though returned to play on Thursday and Saturday. He also missed the preseason and the Stars’ NHL season opener with the same issue.
UPDATE: The game has been postponed.
UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News provided the following update on what happened.
“He was brought back to the hallway for treatment, where we treated him for a cardiac event, successfully treated with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern, one of the doctors who treated Peverley. “As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was alert and awake talking to us after the event and quickly transported to the hospital. At this point, I was able to talk to him in the back of the ambulance and he was able to tell me where he was and he actually wanted to get back in the game.”
Salazar said of the treatment “We provided oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring,” Salazar said.
[USA Today Sports]