Rich Peverley wanted to go back into game after collapsing

Rich Peverley StarsHow dedicated to his Dallas Stars is Rich Peverley? So dedicated that he wanted to go back into the game after collapsing in the first period of the Stars’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Peverley, who has been treated for an irregular heartbeat, collapsed about six minutes into the game after playing a shift. Dr. Gil Salazar, who treated him, says the center was aware of where he was and wanted to go back into the game.

As if that weren’t enough, Stars coach Lindy Ruff says Peverley was asking him about the game when they first talked.

[Video: Rich Peverley collapses on bench, gets immediate help]

“First thing Rich asked me when I spoke to him- ‘how much time left in the period’. You know, typical athlete,” said Ruff in a press conference after the game was postponed.

We’ll take these two items to mean that Peverley is doing well. He’s currently in stable condition.

Rich Peverley collapses on bench; Stars-Blue Jackets game postponed (Video)

Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during Monday’s Dallas Stars-Columbus Blue Jackets game and was taken to the hospital to be treated, and reports say he is currently conscious.

Peverley was diagnosed in training camp with an irregular heartbeat and underwent a procedure for it in September. He collapsed about six minutes into the game after heading to the bench following a shift.

The game between Dallas and Columbus was initially delayed and then postponed.

Here was the statement from the NHL:

“Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.”

A doctor who treated Peverley said the center wanted to return to the game after being treated.

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