Game in Dallas postponed after player collapses

Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:34am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - The National Hockey League game between the Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday was postponed when Dallas center Rich Peverley collapsed during the first period.

The game was immediately stopped as medical staff rushed to his aid when he suddenly slumped to the bench after completing a shift.

Peverley was treated in a hallway then rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment to what a team doctor described as a cardiac event but NHL officials said he was conscious and recovering.

"Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has been transported to the hospital," the NHL said in a statement.

"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."

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said it was a frightening experience for the whole team.

"I was scared," Ruff told a news conference. "My first emotion was we need somebody here real quick.

"When he dropped, it was red alert, don't worry about the game, don't worry about anything else; just turn around and scream for a doctor and that's all.   Continued...

 
Mar 6, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) celebrates his hat trick with left wing Jamie Benn (14) and center Rich Peverley (17) against the Vancouver Canucks at the American Airlines Center. Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports