Pittsburgh Penguins wing Pascal Dupuis’ hockey career is over due to a medical condition involving blood clots, per an announcement from the team.
“Despite playing on a medical protocol that has worked for other players in the NHL, we feel that the risk of Pascal playing with his condition and the side effects of the tests to monitor him are just not in the best interest of his long-term health,” said team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas.
Dupuis appeared in 18 games this season and took blood thinners, but had to be removed from a great number of games this season and undergo tests. Thus, his career is over at age 36.
“It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game,” Dupuis said. “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.”
Dupuis thus ends his hockey career with 188 goals and 217 assists. He won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009 and also played for the Minnesota Wild, Atlanta Thrashers and New York Rangers in his NHL career.
Campus Sports wishes Dupuis and his family the best and nothing but good luck in his retirement.
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