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Updated: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:50:10 GMT | By CBC Sports, cbc.ca

Rich Peverley undergoing tests in hospital after collapse



Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during a game against Columbus on Monday in Dallas. File/Getty Images

Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during a game against Columbus on Monday in Dallas. File/Getty Images

A day after collapsing on his team's bench during a game, Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is resting comfortably in hospital.

In a statement released Tuesday, Stars GM Jim Nill said Peverley is undergoing tests to determine what caused a cardiac incident on Monday night in Dallas.

"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," Nill said.

Peverley, a 31-year-old from Kingston, Ont., underwent a procedure six months ago to correct an irregular heartbeat, and also missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem.

Monday's game was stopped 6:23 into the first period, when Dallas players noticed their teammate in distress and jumped over the boards to stop the game.

As medical staff rushed to help Peverley, players and staff on both teams were clearly shaken, and a postponement of the game was announced about 30 minutes later.

Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals said on Monday that Peverley was treated "successfully" for a cardiac event at American Airlines Center.

"We provided oxygen for him," Salazar said. "We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.

"As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was."

Brandon Prust of the Montreal Canadiens saidPeverley has the support of the entire NHL.

"I think everyone in the league is thinking about him and praying for him," Prust said. "It's always really sad to see, it kind of breaks your heart."

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