Peverley coaching with Dallas’ AHL affiliate


Though he hasn’t played since a scary medical incident 11 months ago, Rich Peverley is still contributing for the Dallas Stars.

Peverley, sidelined since collapsing on the bench during a game last March, has taken on an informal, volunteer coaching with Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas.

“It’s an asset that we have within the organization right now with his (medical) issue. So we get to use his skills a bit,” Texas Stars coach Derek Laxdal said, per beat writer Sean Shapiro. “He’s a centerman by trade and he’s worked with a couple of the young centerman. It’s good to see an NHL guy working with a couple of the young kids, because they have aspirations of playing at the level.

“So it’s great to see him willing to come down here and work with them.”

Peverley, in the final year of his contract, has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and while he was cleared to work out at the beginning of this season, he’s still waiting on clearance to resume skating (and, subsequently, his playing career.)

“It’s a process, and there are a lot of steps,” Peverley told the Dallas Morning-News back in June. “I’m trying to take the steps one at a time and just see what happens. If I can play, that will be great.

“If I can’t, then I’ll deal with that at that time.”

Should the 32-year-old be unable to return, it’s possible he could transition into coaching full-time. A heady player with a truckload of experience — he won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011 — Peverley was an undrafted free agent that worked his way to the NHL, developing a reputation as a sound two-way center that excelled in the faceoff circle.

PHT Morning Skate: Matt Martin has fun with an unsuspecting fan


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After running into a fan wearing his jersey at the mall and snapping a picture on an escalator, Islanders’ forward Matt Martin met the fan and signed his jersey following New York’s 3-2 win Thursday. (Yahoo)

Rich Peverley returned to the ice for the first time in 11 months this week in a coaching role with the AHL’s Texas Stars. The Dallas Stars forward has been unable to play since collapsing during a game in March 2014. (Sports Illustrated)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting an $35,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Friday night’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $3,000. Starts Friday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

Thirteen months after playing in his last NHL game, former Canucks’ defenseman Andrew Alberts is still recovering from a concussion. (Sportsnet)

Here’s a look at the Top 10 plays of the week from the KHL:

The Vancouver Canucks are being sued by a fan over an alleged confetti incident. (TSN)

Dallas Stars’ forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn prank their mothers for Valentine’s Day:

In the NHL these days players are being warned, fined and publicly shamed for diving/embellishment. Former Anaheim Ducks’ forward Dan Sexton, who now plays in the KHL, put on a good display of embellishment during a recent game. (Puck Daddy)

Video: Hansen collapses on bench after absorbing hard hit


For a moment, it looked like Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen would be able to continue playing after absorbing a hard hit from Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Hansen skated to the bench on his own strength, but it wasn’t long before he collapsed and his worried teammates frantically signaled for help.

You can see what happened below:

He was helped to the dressing room and kept out of the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons, per the Canucks’ Twitter feed. He was taken to the hospital and everything checked out, according to Canucks coach Willie Desjardins.

Although the circumstances and outcome of both incidents are significantly different, some will no doubt think of what happened to Rich Peverley earlier this year in relation to this incident.

Quick Hits: Heatley, Franson among notable IR placements


PHT already made note of some significant (and smaller) IR moves on Tuesday, but in a quest to graciously save you some clicks, here’s a collection of some of the other injured reserve placements of note. Some could be a pretty big deal, too.

(Note: this is a good spot to mention other IR assignments in the comments section if there are any important omissions.)

(Note: Rotoworld’s a helpful resource for injury updates small and large. If you ever need a quick look at league-wide injuries, this page is a great resource.)

Report: ER doctors will be a fixture for every NHL game


There have been some horrifying incidents in the past of NHL players suddenly collapsing on the bench during the chaos of a game, and it’s been the quick actions of a doctor that saved their lives.

Now, according to Yahoo Sports Canada, emergency room doctors will be a fixture at every NHL game going forward.

From Yahoo Sports Canada:

Now, after the Rich Peverley incident last season, the NHL has strengthened its standards further. Each team needs three doctors near the benches at each home game – an orthopedist, a primary care physician and an ER physician – and at least one, if not all, must have current training in ATLS and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

If and when there is another life-threatening emergency – a cardiac incident, a severe laceration, an obstructed airway – there will be an extra layer of expertise and experience to aid in the response.

The Peverley incident is the most recent. Last March, the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was taken to hospital and underwent a successful heart procedure.

In November of 2005, then Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench also during a game. Again, he was saved by the quick actions of the team physician.

“There was a lot of yelling and screaming, and the one guy that wasn’t confused was our team doctor,” said Fischer’s former teammate Brendan Shanahan, as per Yahoo.