Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pascal Dupuis Is Calling it a Career



36-year-old Pascal Dupuis has elected to end his career because of a medical condition related to blood clots, Dupuis and the Penguins announced today.

Dupuis, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons, was diagnosed with a blood clot in January 2014 shortly after suffering torn ligaments in his knee. He was later diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung in 2014 and was not cleared again to play until June of this year.

Dupuis played 18 games while taking blood thinners but had several setbacks.

Dupuis played 871 NHL games over 15 seasons with the Penguins, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and Atlanta Thrashers, scoring 190 goals and 409 points. He was acquired by the Penguins in a February 26, 2008 trade with Atlanta and was part of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup championship team in 2009.

“It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game,” Dupuis said, according to the Penguins website. “My wife and four children have always been my first priority, and playing with my condition has become a constant worry for all of us. I want to thank my teammates and the Penguins organization for their unwavering support during this difficult time.”