Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley announced Wednesday that he is done for the season after collapsing during a game earlier this week. While it was a scary moment for players and fans alike, it goes to show preparation can save a life. He was revived after going unconscious and was immediately rushed to the hospital.
The Dallas Stars were prepared for this event and that preparation probably saved Peverleys’ life. Hockey is just a game, but matters of the heart are serious and hopefully he will take a long hard look at what is going on. He was lucky this time, but what if it happens again? He also announced he is going to have another surgery to try and fix this irregular heart beat problem, which was originally scheduled for the off season.
I am sure his hope would be this surgery will help him be cleared to play next season, but it may be time to sit back and think about hanging the skates up. Sometimes there are more important things in life than playing sports, and I am sure his family will push this also. If Peverley is cleared to play, and he wants to continue playing, then I am certain the Stars will welcome him back with open arms.
Hopefully he will have a speedy recovery and get back to full health, because that is what is truly important.