The incident Monday night involving Dallas Stars center Rich Peverley was not easy to hear about for NHL general managers, who were gathered together for a dinner while at the annual March GMs' meeting. But as difficult as it was to process, the incident validated the work the League has done in the past decade or so to address player safety.

Several attendees left the dinner and were updated on the proceedings in Dallas on a step-by-step basis, according to NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

"I think we're much more prepared now than ever to handle serious incidents like that," Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray said after the general managers concluded their meeting Tuesday. "I think last night the little bit I saw on replay was that it was very quick to get him in position for the doctor to treat him."

There has been universal praise for the work of the doctors in helping Peverley, who suffered a cardiac incident during the first period of the Stars' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. Peverley is in stable condition at a Dallas-area hospital

"Rich Peverley is resting comfortably and being monitored at UT Southwestern St. Paul," Dallas GM Jim Nill said in a statement. "He is currently undergoing testing to discover what triggered the cardiac event last night.

"The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem. We do not have any more specifics at the moment. Rich has been communicating with his teammates and friends. He is extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support that he's received from fans and friends alike."

The medical personnel who initially treated Peverley were in place because of changes during the past decade or so the League has made to the Emergency Medical Standards for the care of injured NHL players, a set of guidelines to which all teams must adhere.