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Stars' Peverley issues statement of thanks at presser, will have season-ending heart procedure

By Mike Harrington

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley, who had a cardiac event on the bench during  game Monday, will not play hockey again this season. His career is certainly in question too. But there was one big piece of good news out of Big D today: Peverley walked into a press conference, issued a statement of thanks to numerous entities that included team and local medical personnel, and walked out.

Hockey, after all, is a game. That's life.

Peverley was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat during training camp, and will have a procedure he was hoping to undergo after the season at the Cleveland Clinic. Doctors said they simply don't know about Peverley's career at this point.

In case you missed it in today's paper, I wrote a column talking to Sabres assistant coach Teppo Numminen, who had heart surgery in 2007 and came back to play his final season in the NHL after the procedure.

Dallas players remained shaken over what they saw on their bench Monday.

With Peverley on their minds, the Stars posted a 3-2 overtime win Tuesday in St. Louis to hand Ryan Miller his first loss as a Blue. Peverley texted "Keep rolling" to old friend Lindy Ruff after the win.

Here's is the video of Peverley's statement today:


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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