Kitchener Rangers to host PEVS PROTECTS Night vs. Guelph Storm on February 28


The Kitchener Rangers are proud to host ‘PEVS PROTECTS Night’ on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 when the Rangers take on the Guelph Storm at 7pm at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.

PEVS PROTECTS was developed by former National Hockey League forward Rich Peverley and his family, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

PEVS PROTECTS Night aims to raise awareness and funds for AED (Automated External Defibrilator) purchases and training right here in Waterloo Region, as well as CPR training in collaboration with organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

On February 28th, volunteers will be on hand at all entrances collecting donations in support of PEVS PROTECTS and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Information tables and a CPR and AED demonstration area will also be a part of the game night.

As well, for a donation of $5 or more, fans will be entered into a draw to win the following autographed jerseys:

  • Radek Faksa
  • Tyler Seguin
  • Jason Spezza

Another in-game giveaway of an autographed Gregory Campbell jersey will also be awarded to one lucky fan.

Throughout the game, Rich will be engaging in a Meet-and-Greet and photo opportunity with fans in the Community Corner. As well, toques will be on sale for $10 with proceeds supporting Heart and Stroke.

Rich, alongside Kitchener Fire Department captain Tim Forsyth, will drop the puck before the game, which will follow with the Rangers sporting their red third jerseys, along with red tape on their sticks to draw awareness to Heart and Stroke health.

PEVS PROTECTS Nights in other arenas this season include February 24th, 2017 in Guelph when the Storm play host to the Erie Otters at 7pm. February 26th, 2017 is PEVS PROTECTS Day in Dallas, TX as the Stars welcome the Boston Bruins in NHL action at 12:30pm ET.

Up to 40,000 cardiac arrests occur each year in Canada; the equivalent of one every 13 minutes. The majority (up to 85%) of cardiac arrests happen in public places, but if the public aren’t properly taught to help, the results can be devastating. For every minute that passes without proper help or action in a cardiac event, a person’s chance of surviving drops by seven to 10 percent. Fast CPR and AED use can double the chance of survival, so awareness and education are pivotal in saving lives – which is what ‘PEVS PROTECTS Night’ aims to provide.

Rich spent eight NHL seasons as a member of the Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers and Boston Bruins, where he would win a Stanley Cup in 2011.

He became a member of the Dallas Stars prior to the 2013-14 season, but on March 10, 2014, suffered a severe cardiac event that led to his collapse on the bench during a game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. The cardiac arrest would force him to retire from playing professional hockey at the age of 31.

Rich remains a member of the Dallas Stars organization as a Player Development Coordinator, monitoring the development of drafted Stars’ prospects and assisting in the coordination of Dallas’ summer Development Camp.

Watch “Playing for Pevs”, a feature by the Dallas Stars documenting the night of, and days following the collapse of Rich Peverley during an NHL game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 10, 2014.


For more about PEVS PROTECTS, click here.

To donate now to PEVS PROTECTS, click here.

For more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation, click here.



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