DALLAS — Rich Peverley, the Dallas Stars forward who collapsed on the bench during Monday’s game, will not play again this season.
Whether he will ever play again won’t be known until after more extensive work is done to evaluate his irregular heartbeat.
Peverley appeared briefly at a news conference Wednesday, reading nervously from a statement that thanked ‘‘the number of people that saved my life’’ after he went down in the first period of a game against Columbus.
Peverley, 31, who was traded by the Bruins to the Stars last offseason, left the questions to doctors, who said his season was over and he would undergo a procedure he decided to put off when his condition was first discovered during a physical before training camp in September.
Dr. Robert Dimeff said he was given the option of treating his atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia, with a minor adjustment and medication or missing several months to undergo a more invasive approach.
‘‘He said, ‘I'm new to the team, it’s a new coach, a new general manager, I only have a two-year contract, they've got to know that I can play,’ ’’ Dimeff said. ‘‘ That was a joint decision, an informed decision on his part.’’
Dimeff said Peverley’s heart likely raced out of control and then stopped during the game against Columbus but probably for no more than about 10 seconds before medical personnel got it going again in the tunnel at American Airlines Center. The game was postponed.
The procedure Peverley skipped in September, called an ablation, will likely be performed within days.
When he walked out of the news conference at St. Paul University Hospital, Peverley could be seen wearing a device that a doctor later described as something that monitors his heart rate constantly and can be used to implement corrective measures if the heartbeat gets out of rhythm.
Peverley remains hospitalized, but all heart tests have been normal, Dimeff said.