Rich Peverley skated with the Texas Stars on Wednesday, serving as a volunteer assistant coach and mentor for some of the team’s younger players.
Peverley was an observer for most of practice, but he got involved in one-on-one face-off drills and even took a couple draws himself. After practice ended, Peverley spent time working with first-round pick Julius Honka on shooting drills and helped Texas goalie coach Andy Moog, who was putting in extra work with Henri Kiviaho.
“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 Stars coach Derek Laxdal said. “He’s a centerman by trade and he’s worked with a couple of the young centerman. 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. So it’s great to see him willing to come down here and work with them.”
It was the first time Peverley skated with Texas, but it wasn’t his first trip to the Cedar Park Center. The 32-year-old — who hasn’t played an NHL game since collapsing on the bench last March against the Columbus Blue Jackets — has made several trips to central Texas with Dallas Player Development Coordinator J.J. McQueen and he’s watched a handful of games from the Cedar Park Center press box.