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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The National Hockey League was patting itself on the back this week after doctors saved Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley’s life when he went into cardiac arrest during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The NHL made a number of changes to its medical policies after the Detroit Red Wings’ Jiri Fischer suffered a similar heart problem during a game in 2005. The rules require home teams to provide two doctors, a plastic surgeon and a dentist for each game, and every rink must be equipped with a defibrillator.
These policies and the quick response of the medical staff and an unidentified woman who left her seat to begin CPR saved Peverley’s life.
But the information that has come out following the incident raises serious questions about why Peverley was playing Monday night. Doctors discovered a heart problem during a routine physical exam last summer. It was recommended that Peverley undergo surgery in Cleveland, but he opted for a minor procedure that allowed him to return to action early in the regular season.
Lindy Ruff talks about Rich Peverley attending the Stars' practice today.
from Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas,
Stars forward Rich Peverley will not play again this season and will undergo a procedure to try to regulate his heart rate.
The surgery, which will take place in Cleveland, was originally scheduled for the offseason. The recovery time is a few months.
"His season for participated in hockey is over," said Dr. Robert J. Dimeff, primary care sports medicine director at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
Peverley, 31, collapsed on the Stars bench early in Monday's game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was treated immediately by medical personnel on the scene in the tunnel that leads from the ice to the Stars' dressing room.
Doctors on the scene said Peverley was treated for a cardiac event and that he was defibrillated successfully after one attempt. Peverley was talking as he was transported to UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital with his wife, Natalie, on Monday, where he has remained undergoing tests.
Dr. Dimeff said that tests that Peverley has undergone have been normal.
added 4:30pm, Video below of Rich Peverley statement at press conference...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Jiri Fischer was at home in suburban Detroit with his 7-year-old son Monday night, catching up on all the NHL action and scores.
"Then the big news hit. I watched the video right away," Fischer told ESPN.com on Tuesday in the aftermath of Rich Peverley's scary collapse and cardiac resuscitation.
Impossible to ignore were the flashbacks to his own near-tragic cardiac episode in 2005 while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
"The two videos are similar, except I'm getting chest compressions while being unconscious on the bench and they carried Rich into the locker room," said Fischer, before adding about watching Monday's video: "Scary, goose bumps ..."
via the Dallas Stars,
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.
The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem.
We do not have any more specifics at the moment.
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.
Peverley collapsed in the bench area, can hear a pin drop in Dallas right now.
More information as it becomes available. Teams now heading to dressing room.
added 9:12pm, Dallas rink announcer updates the crowd with Peberley is conscious and has been taken to the hospital.
added 9:36pm, video of the incident below...
from Mark Stepneski of Inside Edge at the Dallas Stars' website,
“We know he’s not doing that well, so we have to make a decision later on today … as far as calling somebody up,” Ruff said after Sunday’s practice.
A few hours later the Stars made the decision, recalling goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from the Texas Stars of the AHL.
Lehtonen was injured when Wild forward Erik Haula slammed into Lehtonen while driving the net. Lehtonen’s mask came off and his head hit the crossbar. Lehtonen, who suffered a cut to the head, left the game and did not return. Ruff was asked about the specifics of the injury on Sunday.
“It’s just a head injury right now,” Ruff said. “We’ll let him get through the day and see where we are at. It doesn’t look good though.”
With Lehtonen injured, the Stars will turn to Tim Thomas, acquired from Florida at the trade deadline in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis. Thomas took over in net Saturday night, stopping all six shots he faced and picking up the win as the Stars rallied from a 3-2 deficit to defeat the Wild 4-3.
more on the Stars...
If you missed the injury to Lehtonen, you can watch it here...
Erik Haula of the Minnesota Wild received 5 for charging and a game misconduct for this collision/hit on Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Both coaches post-game reaction below...
First up is the actual banner raising, which is about 2 1/2 minutes long, then below, the full ceremony which is a little over an hour long.
The NHL has announced Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks will have a hearing today for this hit on Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars. I do believe it is hearing via a phone call.
Kassian received 5 for boarding and a game, the Canucks lost 6-1.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the Brendan Dillon injury (Lindy Ruff):
“I was relieved to get him back. It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team play on the power play. He didn’t come from a long way but Dillon was in a bad position when he got hit.”
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