Peverly in December 2013.
July 8, 1982 |
Guelph, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
John Richard Peverley (born July 8, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player with the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He spent four years with the St. Lawrence University hockey team before turning professional, then playing three years for several teams in both the ECHL and American Hockey League (AHL). In 2007, he signed a contract with the Nashville Predators of the NHL, playing for the team for parts of three seasons before the Atlanta Thrashers claimed him off waivers in 2009. Peverley first played internationally for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championships.
Peverley grew up in Guelph, Ontario, playing most of his minor hockey for the Guelph Reps (now Jr. Storm) of the OMHA South Central AAA League. In his Midget year, he played one season with the Toronto Young Nats of the MTHL before moving back to his home area to play for the Kitchener Dutchmen Jr.B. club of the OHA Midwestern league.
After his Jr.B. season with the Dutchmen, Peverley was selected by Don Cherry and the Mississauga IceDogs in the sixth round, 124th overall, of the 1999 OHL Draft. Peverley chose to maintain his NCAA eligibility, however, and instead signed for the 1999–2000 season with the Milton Merchants of the OHA's Provincial Jr.A. League. He later accepted an NCAA scholarship at the end of the season.
Prior to beginning his professional career, Peverley played collegiate hockey for the St. Lawrence University Skating Saints, where he led the Skating Saints in points in three of his four seasons. Undrafted, Peverley made his professional debut in the 2004–05 season in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays before playing a solitary game with the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League (AHL).
After leading the Milwaukee Admirals in points midway in the 2006–07 season, his second season with the team, Peverley was signed by the team's parent club, the Nashville Predators, on January 17, 2007, appearing in 13 NHL games by season's end. Peverley spilt the 2007–08 season with the Predators and the Admirals, appearing in all six games for the Predators in the Stanley Cup playoffs against the eventual Stanley Cup-winning champions, the Detroit Red Wings.
On January 10, 2009, Peverley was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers after accumulating nine points in 27 games. The switch to Atlanta rejuvenated his career, as he collected 35 points in 39 games for the remainder of the 2008–09 season and earned a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Thrashers in the process.
On February 18, 2011, Peverley was traded by the Thrashers, along with Boris Valábik, to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart. He won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins on June 15, 2011.
Peverley is affectionately called "Raptor Jesus," a nickname that started during his tenure with the Atlanta Thrashers and continues to this day with his current team in Dallas.
Heart issues and collapse
In September 2013, before the start of the Stars' 2013–14 training camp, Peverley underwent a surgical procedure to help with an irregular heartbeat. He missed 3 weeks but was ready for the start of the regular season.
The Stars gave more updates on Peverley's condition and confirmed that the collapse was the result of a cardiac issue. The NHL released the following statement later that night: "Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. He was transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game will be played at a later date." 
On March 12, 2014, the Dallas Stars announced that Rich Peverley would miss the remainder of the 2013–14 season.
On March 19, 2014, Peverley underwent a successful heart surgery after his collapse just over a week before. The surgery was aimed at [again] correcting an irregular heartbeat. According to Stars General Manager Jim Nill, "no decision" has been made regarding Peverley's return to hockey in the future.
The makeup game between the Stars and the Blue Jackets was played in Dallas on April 9, 2014. The entire 60 minutes of the game was played, but the Blue Jackets had a 1–0 lead when the makeup game started, as a goal was credited to Nathan Horton, who did not dress for the makeup game due to injury. The Blue Jackets won that game by a final score of 3–1 to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs for just the second time in their history.
Peverley spent the 2014–15 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Stars' AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. He skated for the first time since his collapse on February 11, 2015, performing drills with the team. He did not play in the 2014-15 season.
Peverley made his international debut in 2010, when he was named to the Canadian national team for the 2010 World Championship. He played all seven games for Canada, who finished seventh, and had one goal and three assists; his one goal was scored in a game against Norway.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||29||2||4||6||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||34||10||21||31||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||34||15||23||38||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||St. Lawrence University||ECAC||41||17||25||42||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||South Carolina Stingrays||ECHL||69||30||28||58||72||4||2||2||4||6|
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- "Thrashers claim Rich Peverley off waivers from Nashville". thrashers.nhl.com. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
- "Bruins ship Wheeler, Stuart to Thrashers for Peverley, Valabik". The Sports Network. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
- Former Stingrays player hoists Stanley Cup | WCBD-TV 2
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- Brian Stubits (March 10, 2014). "Rich Peverley collapses on bench, Stars- BlueJackets postponed". CBS Sports.
- Peverly collapses
- Anna Gallegos (11 February 2015). "Rich Peverley takes the ice with AHL's Texas Stars in assistant coaching role". SI.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
- Hockey Canada. "Mark Messier Announces First Group of Players Representing Canada at 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany". Hockey Canada. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
- IIHF (2010-05-14). "Canada–Norway Game Summary" (PDF). IIHF.com. Retrieved 2010-06-29.