The Dallas Stars announced today plans to host Pevs Protects Day for the American Heart Association on Sunday, Feb. 26 when the Stars play the Boston Bruins at 11:30 a.m. In conjunction with former forward and current Player Development Coordinator Rich Peverley, Pevs Protects Day will raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.
Prior to the game against the Bruins, Peverley will join the Dallas Stars Street Squad in Victory Plaza to participate in street hockey with fans in attendance. Additionally, the American Heart Association will also be holding CPR demonstrations in Victory Plaza. During the contest, Peverley will also be signing autographs in the concourse at American Airlines Center outside of Eighteen 76 during each intermission. Players will also be using red stick tape during warmups in support of Pevs Protects and the American Heart Association.
The Stars will again offer limited edition co-branded Pevs Protects merchandise available for purchase during the game. The items will be available at all locations of The Hangar team stores with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the American Heart Association through the Dallas Stars Foundation. Additionally, all proceeds from the Dallas Stars Foundation 50/50 Raffle presented by Moxie's raised during the game will be donated to the American Heart Association. The team will also be hosting survivors of cardiovascular diseases and stroke from the American Heart Association in a suite for the game.
The Stars will be selling a limited supply of group tickets to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Using the promo code "Pevs", fans can visit www.dallasstars.com/playing4pevs to purchase these special tickets, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the American Heart Association.
"I'm very excited to promote such a personally important cause here in Dallas for the second consecutive year," said Peverley. "The Dallas Stars and its unbelievably supportive fan base will forever hold an important place in my heart. Over the past year, we've done a tremendous job raising awareness for this cause and have been able to donate numerous AEDs across North America. With the continued support of the Dallas Stars and numerous other organizations, we are able to provide the proper equipment and training necessary to ensure that others are given a chance for a second life as I was."
Peverley suffered a cardiac incident that led to his collapse on the bench in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, March 10, 2014. His heart condition ultimately led to his retirement from the game of hockey and he now serves as the Stars Player Development Coordinator.
Peverley appeared in 442 career regular season NHL games in his eight-year career, posting 241 points (84-157=241). He spent one season playing for the Stars, registering 30 points (7-23=30) in 62 games played, and was named the team's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. He was a part of the Stanley Cup winning Boston Bruins in 2010-11. During their run to the Stanley Cup, he recorded 12 points (4-8=12), including two game-winning goals, in 25 games played.
ABOUT THE DALLAS STARS FOUNDATION
The Dallas Stars Foundation was established to serve as a positive force throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children of the community so they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society. Through teamwork, interaction, and education, the Dallas Stars Foundation works to bring together all members of the Metroplex and build a bright future for today's youth.
ABOUT PEVS PROTECTS
Our mission is to raise funds to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AED) to be placed within communities so that others will be given a chance for a second life. In addition, we would like to help educate and train community members of all ages to feel comfortable and confident in using AED's. For more information, visit www.pevsprotects.com.
ABOUT AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.