Maetzold: ‘Fear and emotion’ of Peverley situation ‘shook players’

Image: Play is stopped during the game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets after Rich Peverley (not pictured) collapsed during the first period on Monday night. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

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Blue Jackets rinkside reporter Dave Maetzold had a unique perspective from the ice of the scary situation involving the Stars’ Rich Peverley Monday night.

Maetzold appeared on 610 WTVN Tuesday morning to discuss the incident that happened in the first period of the game between the Blue Jackets and the Stars.

"The first indication that anything was wrong was when the Dallas Stars players started to go just absolutely crazy trying to get the officials attention to stop the game," Maetzold said.

In the interview, he talks about Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson’s response, as well as why the injury to Peverley was different.

"The fear and the emotion that came with watching a player collapse for, at the time, no apparent reason really shook the players," Maetzold said.

Peverley collapsed as a result of a heart condition and was hospitalized in stable condition.

The league will make a decision about when the game will be rescheduled, as both teams had games already scheduled Tuesday. Maetzold suggested April 14 as a potential date.