The Dallas Stars game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was postponed after Rich Peverley collapsed on the Stars bench.
Peverley, who has missed a pair of games this season while dealing with atrial fibrillation, was carried down the tunnel between the two benches by the Stars training staff about six and a half minutes into the first period. The players alerted the referees on the ice to the problems. and play was stopped.
The Stars and Blue Jackets both left the ice through the visitor's entrance while Peverley was being attended to.
After about 15 minutes of agonizing waiting, the Stars had an official update.
UPDATE: Rich Peverley has been taken to the hospital an is conscious. The game is still delayed at the moment. That's all we know for now.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Prayer or good thoughts are appropriate. All of ours are with Peverley and his family right now. Conscious is good. Okay is good. But this whole situation is still just horrific.
The game is still in a state of delay. We will let you know as soon as any word comes down.
ETA: The game has officially been postponed. That's the right decision for everyone right now. It will resume at a later date.
Here are a few more recent updates on Peverley's condition.
"We treated [peverley] for a cardiac event successfully." -Dr. Gil Salazar— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Per Dr. Salazar, Peverley was aware of where he was when became conscious and wanted to get back in to the game.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Doctor says they did difribillate Rich Peverley, succesfully— DefendingBigD (@DefendingBigD) March 11, 2014
Extensive testing will continue over the next day or so. We will update you as soon as we know more.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
And here is the official NHL statement on the game:
Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.
Again, please keep Peverley and his family in your thoughts and prayers.