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Peverley ‘doing well’ after collapse on bench

Guelph’s Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars is in stable condition after collapsing on the bench during a game against Columbus Monday night.

The National Hockey League said in a statement that Peverley is “doing well” following the incident.

With Columbus leading 1-0 in the first period, play was stopped when Peverley had a heart problem on the Stars’ bench.

At the game, a public address announcement was made several minutes later that Peverley, 31, was conscious and taken to hospital, reports The Associated Press.

“Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition,” the NHL said, in a statement. “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.”

Peverley, who was born in Kingston and moved to Guelph as a youngster, missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical, says the Associated Press article.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011 and brought the trophy to downtown Guelph for a public event.

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