Rich Peverley planned to undergo a heart procedure this offseason.
Well, the offseason arrived a little sooner than expected.
Peverley said Wednesday he would miss the remainder of the season because of a heart condition that contributed to his collapse on the bench early in a game Monday against Columbus. Team doctors revived him before he was transported to a hospital and the game was postponed.
The 31-year-old made his first public appearance since the incident and thanked “a number of people that have saved my life” during a brief statement. He did not take any questions.
Doctors confirmed Peverley's season is over and that he will go to the Cleveland Clinic for a procedure on his heart that had been planned for the offseason. They were not ready to determine whether it's safe for Peverley to resume his hockey career.
Peverley broke into the NHL with the Nashville Predators in 2006-07 after nearly two full seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals. He played 73 games for the Predators over parts of three seasons and has played for three other teams since.
He currently is Dallas’ fourth-leading scorer with 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists).