Tuesday December 8th
By Dane Frizzell
Pascal Dupuis began his NHL career as a member of the Minnesota Wild on August 18, 2000. After a year in the International Hockey League he would suit up for his first full season with the team. Scoring 20 goals and having 28 assists. His career looked to be off to a very strong start.
After the 2004-2005 NHL Lockout, Dupuis put up 26 points in 67 games. Dupuis would bounce around teams playing games with the Rangers and the Thrashers before landing on his feet in Pittsburgh where he would win his first and only Stanley Cup. Dupuis would continue to be a fan favorite in Pittsburgh for years to come. In the 2011-2012 season he would put up career high numbers for the club scoring 25 goals and adding 34 assists.
On November 19th, 2014 Dupuis would be diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and would miss the remainder of the season. As a player suffering from blood clots he was placed on blood thinners and made his comeback to the game the following season only to be struck again by this terrible disease. Today Pascal Dupuis announced his retirement from the game of hockey. “It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game.” Dupuis said, “My wife and four kids 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 teamates and the Penguins organization for their unwavering support during this difficult time”
Dupuis retires from the NHL after scoring 190 goals and tallying 409 points over 15 seasons in the league. Dupuis will continue to work with the Penguins organization. He hopes to be apart of another championship team someday it just won’t be on the ice.
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