Rich Peverley has not laced up his skates in a dark green jersey this season, but he’s back on the ice 11 months after having what could have been a career-ending heart issue.
The Dallas Stars centerman is serving as a mentor and assistant coach with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, according to Texas beat reporter Sean Shapiro.
“It’s an asset that we have within the organization right now with his (medical) issue. So we get to use his skills a bit,” Texas coach Derek Laxdal told Shapiro. “It’s good to see an NHL guy working with a couple of the young kids, because they have aspirations of playing at the level. “
Peverley has been unable to play this season for Dallas after he collapsed on the bench during a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 10, 2014 due to an irregular heartbeat.
Before the 2014-15 season started, the 32-year-old was cleared to work out -- but not play -- by doctors. The Stars organization has not said if Peverley will see any ice time before the season ends.
-- Anna Gallegos