Rich 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. The trained medical staff and an AED saved his life. His heart condition ultimately led to his retirement from the game of hockey and he currently 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 http://stars.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8447635. 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.
The Peverley family launched Pevs Protects based out of Guelph, Ontario. Pevs Protects partners with Heart and Stroke of Canada in hosting a series of fundraisers for AED purchases and training, as well as funds to support CPR training.
Specific details regarding Pevs Protects can be found at http://pevsprotects.com.