Peverley hopeful, patient over return to hockey

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 28, 2014 at 9:14 pm •  Published: March 28, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Rich Peverley wants to play hockey again.

The Dallas Stars forward won't know for a while whether his health will allow him to continue his career.

Peverley said Friday his recovery is "going to take time" in his first meeting with reporters since collapsing on the bench during a game March 10 because of an irregular heartbeat.

The 31-year-old Peverley said he skated Thursday for the first time since the incident. That was 10 days after he underwent a procedure in Cleveland designed to correct his condition. He won't play again this season.

"The recovery process is going to take time and as cliche as it sounds, I've really learned this in the past week that it is day by day," Peverley said at a news conference before the Stars' game against Nashville. "Ultimately my goal would be to come back if it's the right time."

Peverley said he remembered everything from before and after he lost consciousness against Columbus. The game was postponed and will be played April 9.

The understated veteran didn't offer a dramatic re-enactment of the critical moments when his life was in danger. He simply said he remembered "feeling like kind of like almost like I was seizing up a little bit," and leaving it at that.

After he collapsed, Peverley was rushed to a nearby hallway, where he was quickly stabilized before going to a hospital.

"I don't want to say I keep replaying it in my head but sometimes you think about it," Peverley said.

Dr. Robert Dimeff, the team physician, said the success rate for Peverley's procedure is 85 percent in otherwise healthy young adults. But it will be months before doctors know whether Peverley's heart will stay in rhythm when he's competing.