READING, PA. – In the previous installment of Where Are They Now, we took a look at George Parros, who was the first former Reading Royal to win the Stanley Cup when he played for the Anaheim Ducks back in 2007. In this article, we will be looking at another former Reading Royal, one who went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2011 with the Boston Bruins, Rich Peverley.
After his college hockey career at St. Lawrence University, Peverley signed with the South Carolina Stingrays for the 04-05 season. In one season down in Charleston, Rich would put up 72 points which were a career high for him in any level of hockey. 30 of those points were goals, which tied a career high. The next season, Rich joined the Reading Royals just in time for the Royals fifth anniversary season. His time as a Royal was for only 11 games, where he racked up 15 points (four goals, 11 assists).
Following his 11 games with the Royals, Rich would join the Milwaukee Admirals for the rest of the 2005-06 season where his offensive production would continue. In March of 2007, Peverley made his much anticipated NHL debut against the Anaheim Ducks. Peverley would pick up an assist in the Predators 3-2 overtime victory. He would spend parts of three seasons with the Predators, but most of it in the AHL with Milwaukee.
After four seasons with the Predators organization, he was placed on waivers and was imminently picked up by the Atlanta Thrashers. Despite Peverley’s offensive outbursts in Atlanta, the Thrashers would fail to make the playoffs. With the 2011 trade deadline nearing, and the Thrashers once again near the basement of the Southeast Division, they decided to ship Peverley up to Boston along with a prospect for two Bruins players. One of those players included in the trade turned out to be Blake Wheeler, the now-captain of the Winnipeg Jets.
With the Bruins, Rich would make his return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a three-year hiatus. On June 15, 2011, the hockey world was set for a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. It was the first Stanley Cup Final Game 7 up in Canada since 1987, and also the first-ever game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals for the Boston Bruins. In the end, the Bruins would shut out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to capture the franchise’s sixth cup. Peverley would become only the second Reading Royal player to have his name engraved on Lord Stanley.
In the summer of 2013, Peverley was traded one final time as he was a part of the seven-player trade which sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars. On March 10, 2014, just as his first season with Dallas was winding down, Rich Peverley would collapse on the Dallas Stars bench in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Doctors found out the reasoning behind Peverley’s collapse was due to an irregular heartbeat. With his hockey playing days over, Rich decided to stay with the Stars organization and would join the front office as a player development coordinator where he monitors the development of the Stars prospects.
In 2015, Rich and his family launched PEVS Protects and partnered up with the Heart and Stroke Foundation to help raise awareness about the importance of Automated External Defibrillators and CPR for the improving the survival rate of those affected by sudden cardiac arrest in Ontario, Canada.
Anyone interested in learning more about PEVs Protects, or who would like to donate, can do so by visiting their website http://www.pevsprotects.com. You can also follow them on Twitter @pevsprotects, or you can follow Rich’s personal Twitter @RichPeverley.