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Rich Peverley makes appearance at Dallas Stars practice

Rich Peverley was released from hospital Wednesday night and was able to greet his teammates at the arena on Thursday. For the time being, he'll wear a monitoring vest while he recovers.
The Hockey News

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Dallas’ Rich Peverley, who had been undergoing tests in the hospital, was released Wednesday.

Rich Peverley has been released from hospital. He will wear a monitoring vest at home.

— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 13, 2014

And the news got even better on Thursday. Peverley visited the Stars at practice and was “kind of swarmed” as Ray Whitney put it. And though Peverley won’t be made available to the media at this time - for obvious reasons – he was able to talk to his teammates and raise both their spirits and, surely, his own.

After the game in which Peverley collapsed, the Stars had to board a plane bound for St. Louis to play the Blues Tuesday night. But they left Alex Chiasson behind, who also had to be hospitalized for an anxiety attack after witnessing what happened to Peverley.

This morning, as Peverley arrived at the skate, Chiasson talked to the media about what happened.

From the Dallas Morning News:

“I had never seen anything like that happen. For me, Pevs was someone I sat next to in the locker room, was someone that took care of me on the road and was the first one to text me to see if I wanted to go to dinner. For the young guys, it’s always hard to open up and ask questions and he was the guy I leaned on for that type of thing throughout the year. Emotionally, it was really hard. There’s different thoughts that go through your mind. You never want to see anything like that.”

Yesterday also came the revelation that Peverley, who was sidelined in the pre-season with this heart condition, opted not to have surgery at the time. He was with a new team, having been acquired from Boston in the summer, and that new team had a new GM and coach, so Peverley wanted to show them “that I can play this game.”

The decision was made jointly by Peverley and his doctors.

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