Next Thursday will mark 18 months since Rich Peverley collapsed on the Dallas Stars bench during a game and was treated for “a cardiac event.” March 10, 2014 will also mark what was his final game in the NHL.
On Friday, the 33-year old Peverley told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that he was retiring and will take up a player development role in the Stars organization.
“I’ve kind of been in a small development role in Cedar Park, and I really enjoyed that,” Peverley said. “I also was able to be almost an assistant coach as the eye in the sky, and that was something I was very proud of and I took very seriously. And that helped me get through those months and days when I really wanted to play.”
Peverley had been cleared for on-ice workouts last season, but still needed the OK from doctors and the NHL if he wanted to make a comeback. He pushed himself during rehab but he finally came to the realization his career was over.
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