After spending ten years playing professional hockey, former Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley has formally announced his NHL retirement. Peverley played collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University; Rich excelled playing for the St. Lawrence Skating Saints, and he led the team in total points for three of his four seasons with the team.
In the year 2007, the Nashville Predators signed Peverley after his strong campaign with their minor league club, the Milwaukee Admirals. The following year, Peverley split time between Nashville and Milwaukee. The 5 ft. 11 centre was recalled by Nashville for the playoffs, and became a steady regular in their playoff lineup. The Atlanta Thrashers claimed Rich Peverley off waivers in the year 2009. In Atlanta, Peverley rejuvenated his career after accumulating 35 points in the remaining 39 games of the season.
Due to Peverley’s productive point total playing for Atlanta, he was signed to a 2 year extension worth a total of $2.6 million dollars by general manager Don Waddell. Although Rich appeared to be a veteran centre in the organization, he was traded to the Boston Bruins and was a member of the Bruin’s Stanley Cup Roster in the year 2011.
Following the NHL lockout, Peverley was once again traded. This time, Peverley was sent to the Dallas Stars along with teammates Tyler Seguin and Ryan Button. In return, Boston landed forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Marrow.
Although Peverley was considered healthy at the start of the Dallas Stars 2013-2014 season, Rich missed 3 weeks of training camp with Dallas after having an irregular heartbeat. On March 10th, 2014, Peverley collapsed on the Stars bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After being resuscitated by team doctors, the game was postponed to a later date in the season. A few days later, the Dallas Stars announced that Rich Peverley would miss the remainder of the 2013-2014 hockey season.
Unable to play during the 2014-2015 hockey season, Peverley volunteered his time serving as an assistant coach for the Texas Stars. The Texas Stars are the minor league affiliate for Dallas.
Although Peverley has been rehabbing and training for the last 18 months, Rich felt that he is no longer able to play professional hockey. As stated by Rich himself, ” It’s a case that’s very complicated, and what I have learned is there is no 100 percent to medicine and, unfortunately, I can’t play anymore.”
Peverley is excited to continue his hockey career working for the Dallas Stars. Rich’s main job will involve him meeting with Dallas Stars amateur prospects and helping them make the transition to professional hockey.
Although the last few years for Peverley and his family have been quite difficult and exhausting, Rich is thrilled about his new role in the Stars organization. “I haven’t had any issues since my incident,” he said. “I can continue to enjoy my life, and I get a second chance at life, and I’m going to try to take advantage of that.”
Regardless of the fact that Peverley’s hockey playing career has been cut short due to catastrophic and devasting health complications, Rich experienced a truly remarkable hockey career. Although Peverley’s career was short-lived, not many hockey players can honestly say that they have won a Stanley Cup, played in almost 60 career playoff games, and averaged over half a point a game playing in the National Hockey League.