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By SI.com Staff
February 11, 2015

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

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“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

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