DALLAS -- The cardiac event that caused Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley to collapse on the bench during the first period of a game Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets has ended his season.
Peverley will have surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to remedy his heart issue, atrial fibrillation, a form of cardiac arrhythmia. The procedure is aimed at regulating his heart rate, and recovery will take at least a few months.
Peverley appeared Wednesday at a news conference at University of Texas Southwestern St. Paul University Hospital and read a statement thanking doctors for saving his life, and Stars coaches, front office and fans for their support.
"On behalf of my wife, Nathalie, all of my family and myself, I'd like to thank you and to thank all the people that saved my life," Peverley said. "But I'd also like to thank the Dallas Stars organization as a whole. They have been supporting not only myself but my family. The owner, Tom Gaglardi; [general manager] Jim Nill; [coach] Lindy Ruff have all been in constant contact with me this entire time. I'd also like to say thank you to my wife and family for their love and support. Finally, I'd like to thank everyone from past and present teammates to management, coaches, my agent, fans, and media from the entire NHL family for all their support, for which I'm very much grateful."