It was a sad night in the NHL on Monday March 10th, with a clash between the Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets in the American Airlines Center brought to an abrupt halt in tragic circumstances.

Rich Peverley of the Dallas Stars collapsed suddenly with 13:37 remaining in the first period and the game was cancelled.

It was a shocking scene when Peverley collapsed, as team-mates and coaching staff screaming in horror for help. The medical staff immediately rushed Peverley down the tunnel, where he was stabilised and taken to the hospital. He was on the bench when he collapsed.

The Blue Jackets were winning the game 1-0 when it was stopped due to this tragic event. 

There is some background to the story, with Peverley missing time early this season with an irregular heartbeat.

The NHL released a statement about the event:

"Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He has been transported to the hospital.

"As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed.

"We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans."

NHL fans were saddened by this news, whether they were Dallas Stars supporters or not. It's good to here that Rich is doing well and hopefully something like this will never happen again.

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