DALLAS (AP) — Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp.
The Dallas Stars' forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem.
His biggest scare came Monday night when he collapsed on the bench early in a game against Columbus and was rushed through a tunnel and stabilized.
The 31-year-old Peverley ended up in good condition at a Dallas hospital, but the episode shook his teammates and led to the game's postponement with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period.
"When he dropped, it was red alert," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don't want to play, and I don't want to coach the team right now."
After Peverley collapsed, Dallas players were pounding their sticks on the boards to try to get the attention of officials. When that didn't work, they started jumping off the bench onto the ice with the game going on.
After the game stopped and the chaotic scene played out, the Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player they knew had a history of heart problems.
"I was scared," Ruff said.
Stars forward Erik Cole tried to rush into the tunnel just after Peverley was carried through, only to be turned away. He then gnawed at the thumb on one of his gloves while he waited for word on what the players would do next.
Sergei Gonchar stared blankly near fellow defenseman Trevor Daley, who was hunched over on the bench, wiping his face with a towel.
Play was halted at 6:23, and the postponement was announced about 30 minutes later.