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Rich Peverley | Winger | #17

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/8/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
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Rich Peverley will be a Player Development Coordinator for the Dallas Stars this season.
"I'm just trying to listen and learn and get the most out of it," Peverley told "I spent some time last year in Cedar Park [with the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League] so I have that familiarity and that kind of gave me a little jump start. It's still a learning process but it's like starting a career all over again; I just have to stop and learn and make the most of the information that I can." Peverly was forced to hang up his skates after he collapsed on the bench during a game because of a cardiac incident, but he hasn't had a health scare since. Sun, Sep 13, 2015 05:15:00 PM

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Rich Peverley is at peace with hanging up his skates.

Peverley collapsed on the ice on March 10, 2014, during a cardiac incident. He said he has not had a health scare since. "I'm only 33, and I could maybe play five more years, but I'm ready to move on and I'm willing to accept what happened," he said. "I want to take a positive out of it and help others and be a source of positivity for people who have had other issues in their life." Peverley will serve as the Stars' player development coordinator.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 09:02:00 AM

Rich Peverley has decided to end his playing career and instead serve as the Dallas Stars' player development coordinator.

Peverley's last game was on March 10, 2014 when he collapsed while on the bench due to a cardiac event. He had 84 goals and 157 assists in 442 games with the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, and Dallas Stars. Along the way he won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. "We want to congratulate Rich and his family on his great playing career and look forward to the contributions he'll make in his new role," said Stars GM Jim Nill.
Fri, Sep 4, 2015 02:57:00 PM

Rich Peverley is still undecided about his future as a player, according to his agent Allain Roy.

The 33-year-old, who hasn't played since he collapsed on the bench on March 10, 2014, was cleared for off-ice workouts last season and became a UFA on July 1.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 09:43:00 AM

Rich Peverley (heart) is looking at the possibility of a comeback.

His agent, Allain Roy, said doctors have suggested Peverley's implanted defibrillator device may be able to be removed. That would open the door, but coming back would still be a lengthy process. Peverley would still have to see more doctors as well as work out insurance waiver issues with the NHL and NHLPA. A possible return is encouraging news though after he collapsed on the bench from a cardiac event on March 10, 2014. Peverley might become an unrestricted free agent this summer if he can pass his tests.
Wed, May 13, 2015 06:28:00 PM

Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't know if Rich Peverley plans to retire.

"We haven't really worried about any of that," Nill said. "We've just been worried about Rich's recovery. The good part of this story is that he's doing great and that he can live a good life. I look at it this way: If he wants to play again, he'll be supported in that; and if his career is over, he's had a tremendous career and he'll be supported in anything he wants to do after that career." His contract expires at the end of the season. Peverley hasn't played since he collapsed on the bench from a cardiac event back on March 10, 2014.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 11:19:00 AM

Rich Peverley (heart) hasn't been cleared to resume hockey-related activities yet.

He has been sidelined since he collapsed on the bench in March and was revived by the Stars' medical staff. Peverley had heart surgery shortly afterward. His progress was expected to be slow, but he shouldn't be expected to play this season. Peverley's career might also be in jeopardy.
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 11:58:00 AM

Rich Peverley (heart) will begin the season on the non-roster injured reserve list.

Peverley's career might unfortunately be over after collapsing on the bench during a game. He underwent heart surgery and hasn't played since.
Tue, Oct 7, 2014 06:04:00 PM

It isn't clear yet if Rich Peverley will be able to return or if his career is over.

Stars GM Jim Nill was asked if there's a chance that doctors will tell Peverley to stop at any point and he said: "I'm not sure on that. I think we're all moving day to day and trying to see how far he can push it. We'll have patience with Rich and support him and simply go through the process. So much of it is listening to the doctors and allow them to guide the process." Peverley hasn't been cleared to skate, but he has been permitted to work out. To return to the ice he has to see a cardiologist first to be tested and as of now there's no timeline on that, according to Nill.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 06:24:00 PM

Rich Peverley (heart) has not been cleared for skating yet.

The Stars are projected to announce on Thursday what his schedule might be. Peverley's season was ended abruptly in 2013-14 by a cardiac incident when he collapsed on the bench. In the meantime, he is expected to continue to work out off the ice his teammates.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:40:00 PM

Doctors have cleared Rich Peverley to exercise, but the Dallas forward says he has a few more benchmarks to pass before he's deemed ready to handle the rigors of NHL play again.

"I'm not exactly sure what's going to happen, but I'm hoping to play and it's got to be under the right circumstances. So we'll wait and see and hopefully I can," Peverley said. "To actually clear me to play is a lot of steps down the road, but they did clear me [to exercise]. . . Now it's just slowly taking steps of getting the heart rate higher. My next step will probably be getting off medication that I'm on to control my heartbeat still. Once I'm off of that we'll see what happens in terms of how my heart reacts to no medication and see what happens when it's stressed." Peverley collapsed on the Stars' bench during a March 10 game and was brought back to life by team trainers and doctors.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley said he is making progress in his recovery from an irregular heartbeat, but did not confirm whether or not he will able to return to NHL action next season.

Peverley collapsed on the bench during a March 10 game versus Columbus and was brought back to life by team trainers and doctors. "I'm trying to take the steps one at a time and just see what happens," Peverley told Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. "If I can play, that will be great. If I can't, then I'll deal with that at that time." Peverley has been increasing his workouts in an attempt to raise his heart rate and make a comeback.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 09:15:00 PM

According to a source, at least one doctor has said that Rich Peverley could play next season.

Andy Strickland reported the news on his Twitter feed. "The first main thing is I'm going to have to do testing with getting my heart rate up, and then we'll go from there," said Peverley when he spoke to the media in late April. "I'm not sure when that will be, but that will be the first thing." He's optimistic about his chances after undergoing heart surgery on Mar. 19, but he still has some lingering doubts about his status.
Mon, May 26, 2014 12:06:00 PM

Rich Peverley isn't sure if he'll be able to play again, but he's trying to stay upbeat about it.

"There are a lot of unknowns still," he said. "I'm optimistic ... We'll have to wait and see. I'm literally taking it day to day." Peverley has not pushed his heart rate up yet even though he has been skating and helped with some team practices. He has been wearing a monitoring device since having ablation surgery and he's been following the protocols that his doctors set.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 09:21:00 AM

Rich Peverley skated on Thursday for the first time since undergoing heart surgery on Mar. 19, saying his goal is to play again this season.

The Stars tweeted that Peverley will take his time in deciding whether to return or not. Peverley collapsed on the bench on Mar. 10 and was clinically dead, but was luckily revived by Stars' medical staff and a defibrillator on site. There is certainly no rush for the 31 year-old's return, but it is reassuring to hear he is lacing up the skates.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 07:42:00 PM

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