Pittsburgh Penguins’ Pascal Dupuis announced that he will no longer play hockey because of a blood clot condition that has affected his career in the last two seasons.
In a game last week against the San Jose Sharks, Dupuis revealed that he experienced chest pains. The incident ended his night following two periods. He said the decision he had taken was about being true to his family. “100 percent,” he said. “If all this was on me or if I would have taken a selfish approach to this I probably would still be playing.”
According to Post-Gazette, he said he made the decision to quit playing seeing that his health had started impacting him heavily. “We knew that I was going to have to maybe miss games on a blocked shot or a cut, but not experiencing what I did,” he said. “I went in this at 100 percent. I gave myself a chance to play and be in the lineup and go through that protocol and try to see what it was going to bring me.”
He has played 97 playoff games during his career. Last season, he managed to play 16 games while this season he played 18.
In a statement released by the Penguins, general manager Jim Rutherford said, “I feel very badly for Pascal. I’ve never seen a man more determined to play and more determined to help his team. Unfortunately, we’ve reached the point where it’s not in the best interest of his health to allow him to do that anymore.”
As reported by USA Today, he was first diagnosed with a blood condition in January 2014 following torn ligaments in his knee. The same year in November, a blood clot was diagnosed in his lung, after which he missed out on the rest of the season. In 871 regular season games, he has made 190 goals and 219 assists.
“It was very difficult for me to make this decision to have to step away from the game,” he 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.”