MONTREAL, QC - The Bruins were all together at dinner on Monday night in Florida, when they received some startling news.
Their friend and former teammate Rich Peverley had collapsed on the bench from a cardiac event during the Dallas Stars' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. He was in stable condition.
"Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul. He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night," Stars General Manager Jim Nill said in a statement.
"Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he’s received from fans and friends alike."
On Tuesday, the the Bruins flew to Montreal. When they met with media following their practice at the Bell Centre, the focus was centered around concern for "Pevs."
"I think everybody sent him a text last night. He's probably got a million of them," said Shawn Thornton, who received a text back from Peverley on Wednesday.
"We sent a bunch of texts, and Segs [Tyler Seguin] called me right back and gave us the 411. So you never want to see that, obviously. He’s one of our good friends on this team, one of the great guys, so we were pretty worried, we were pretty quiet. He texted me back today, and seems to be doing okay."
"Everyone on our team was pretty shaken by the news," said Gregory Campbell. "There was a lot of concern. He’s a good friend of a lot of ours and anytime you see a player, a friend even, in that kind of position, a vulnerable position, it’s very scary, very sad, so the good news is, it seems like he’s doing well."
"Rich is a great friend, a great teammate, and I think anytime you see somebody in that position, it makes you think of their family as well and how concerned they have to be and how worried they are. So I know he’s got two young kids, and you know, hockey’s secondary in matters like this."
They had first learned of the news on Twitter, and with the entire team together, guys quickly reached out to Seguin and Nathan Horton, and were relieved to hear the news that he was okay.
"We were all out to dinner last night when we found out, so the whole room was pretty shaken," said Chris Kelly. "It's good to hear that he's doing better and I hope he gets well soon."
"I felt sick to my stomach," said Patrice Bergeron, who reached out to Seguin after. "I was really worried."
"Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and I'll send lots of positive energy, also."
Out to dinner as a team for Tuukka Rask's birthday, the mood quickly changed for the Bruins, and you could tell that carried over to Tuesday in Montreal as well.
"This is a lot bigger than the game itself," said Thornton. "So like I said, just for him and his family, just hoping he’s okay."
"You know, last night I think there was a lot of texts going around and everybody’s trying to find out how he’s doing and obviously we’re happy to hear the good news," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien.
"But certainly, as much as it rocked the two teams that were there, I think it rocked a lot of our players and coaches. We were worried about the whole situation but we got the news soon enough that he was doing better, and that’s encouraging."
The Bruins will continue to keep Rich in their thoughts.
"We just want him to know we’re thinking about him and here to support him," said Campbell.