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Season over for Stars' Peverley, will have procedure on heart

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The season is over for a Dallas Stars player who collapsed on the team's bench during Monday's game.

Stars forward Rich Peverley will have a procedure done at the Cleveland Clinic and his future playing hockey will be determined after that. The procedure is supposed to correct Peverley's irregular heartbeat.

Doctors discovered Peverley had an irregular heartbeat during training camp last fall and had originally planned to do the procedure after the 2013-14 season ended.

Peverley read a brief prepared statement at the start of Wednesday afternoon's press conference at UT Southwestern before leaving and allowing doctors and team officials to speak.

Peverley thanked the doctors and trainers who jumped into action on Monday during the first period of the Stars-Columbus Blue Jackets game, when he passed out on the bench due to a "cardiac event."

Doctors said it was 14 seconds between Peverley collapsing and being brought back to a responsive state in the center ice tunnel of American Airlines Center and transported to UT Southwestern.

"They all attended to me once I passed out and they saved my life and I will be forever grateful," Peverley said.

Peverley also thanked the Stars for their support of him and his family, past and present teammates, coaches, his agent and fans.

Peverley is currently wearing a "specialized device" that tracks his heart rhythm and is capable of sending a shock if needed to correct his heartbeat.

The Peverley incident halted Monday nights game and stunned both players and fans at the AAC. Monday night's game was postponed and will be made up at a later date.

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