Outpouring of support for ex-Bruin Rich Peverley

The scoreboard informed fans of the postponement of Monday’s game after Rich Peverley collapsed.
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The scoreboard informed fans of the postponement of Monday’s game after Rich Peverley collapsed.

Teams and players across the NHL and the world of sports expressed their support and best wishes for former Bruin Rich Peverley, who collapsed on the Dallas Stars’ bench during Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Peverley suffered a cardiac event and was treated at UT Southwestern Hospital. Dr. Gil Salazar said at a news conference that Peverley asked about returning to the game.

“Thinking about the Peverley family on this tough night,” former Bruin Marc Savard said via Twitter.


The Bruins and Celtics also posted messages on their official team Twitter accounts.

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“The thoughts and prayers of the Bruins organization are with Rich Peverley and the @DallasStars,” the Bruins wrote.

From the Celtics: “The @Celtics organization’s thoughts are with former @NHLBruins forward Rich Peverley and the @DallasStars tonight.”

The Bruins are traveling to Montreal Tuesday morning for their game Wednesday vs. the Canadiens, and a team spokesman said players would be available to comment at their scheduled availability after their 2 p.m. practice.

Bruins forward Milan Lucic was a teammate of Peverley during the Bruins’ Stanley Cup run in 2011.


“Thoughts and prayers go out to Pevs and his family, get well soon,” Lucic posted on his official Twitter account.

Former teammates also expressed concern.

“Love my buddy Rich Peverley. Scary stuff and hope he recovers well. Thinking of ya #pevs. From the Armstrongs #roomie,” former NHL player Colby Armstrong, a teammate of Peverley’s on the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008 to 2010, posted on Twitter.

Added James Wisniewski of the Blue Jackets, who had an assist prior to Monday’s game being canceled after Peverley’s incident:

“My families thoughts and prayers go out to the Peverley family hoping for a speedy recovery. #brotherhood.”

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.