NHL GMs talk safety after Stars forward Peverley's collapse

Play was stopped during Monday's game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets while...

Play was stopped during Monday's game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets while medical staff treated Rich Peverley (not pictured) at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, March 10, 2014. (JEROME MIRON/USA Today)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

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Peverley, who had issues with an irregular heartbeat this season, collapsed on the bench during the first period of the Stars’ game against the Columbus Blue Jackets Monday after suffering what was termed a “cardiac event.” He regained consciousness after chest compressions and a shock with a defibrillator. He is in stable condition.

The incident hit close to home for Mathieu Schneider, the former Detroit Red Wings defenceman whose teammate Jiri Fischer collapsed on him on the Wings bench in November 2005 after Fischer had a cardiac episode.

“He is a big man and he collapsed right on me. That was one of the scariest moments of my career. Thank goodness (Wings doctor) Tony Colucci was right there at the time. It was shocking, particularly (because) Fisch was just an incredible athlete, in amazing shape,” said Schneider


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