Pascal Dupuis to retire due to medical condition


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, unfortunately had to end his career on Tuesday due to a medical condition that is related to blood clots.

Even superman had his weakness.

This was proven on Dec. 8 as Pascal “The Canadian Superman” Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins had to retire from professional hockey.

“It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game,” Dupuis said in the team’s official statement. “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 was originally diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung in Nov. 2014. He did not play the rest of the 2014-15 season. Dupuis originally came to the team as an extra in a deal that would bring Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh back in 2008. He went on to outperform his expectations, scoring 92 goals in his next five seasons as a Penguin.

“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 Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, team physician for the Penguins.

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Dupuis returned to play this season, and had four points in 18 games off of two goals and two assists. Dupuis will continue to be paid the remainder of his annual 3.75 million contract which ends next season.

Dupuis was an integral part in the Penguins 2009 Stanley Cup victory. In 2013, he led the league in plus-minus with +31. However, there was more to Dupuis’ career than his achievements. He was a leader on the team, and just because unfortunate circumstances are keeping him off the ice, doesn’t mean his knowledge won’t be useful to the team moving forward.

“My main goal is to try to help this team as much as I can to win the Stanley Cup. But it will definitely not be on the ice.” Dupuis said in his statement.

Expect Dupuis to continue assisting the team throughout the season as a role model to younger talent. Who knows, maybe once his contract is expired we will see Duper take on a coaching role in the organization.

Many who know Dupuis took to twitter to honor his great career:

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