Dallas Stars forward Rich Perverley will sit out the rest of this hockey season while doctors try a procedure to help fix his heart abnormality.
Perverley and his coach Lindy Ruff spoke at a press conference Wednesday afternoon where the disclosed Peverley has an "Atrial Fibrillation" issue with his heart.
The procedure which doctors hope will return his heart to a normal rhythm had been planned for the offseason. Peverley had been diagnosed with the issue at a preseason physical and gave him the okay to play. They believe he had the issue last year in the playoffs and he's played 62 games this NHL season while on medication to regulate his heart beat.
You'll recall Peverley passed out Monday trying to get off the teams bench and onto the ice for a game. He was immediately rushed off the ice and tended to by medical personnel, the quickness of that treatment doctors say, may have saved his life.
The surgical procedure is planned in the next couple of weeks in Cleveland and while recovery time is usually a couple of months, doctors are not sure if Peverley will be able to play professional hockey again.