(Source: Penguins.NHL.com) – Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will no longer play hockey because of a medical condition related to blood clots, Dupuis and the team announced today.  Dupuis, 36, had played 18 games this season while taking blood thinners but experienced several recent medical incidents possibly related to his condition. He had to be removed from several games – most recently on December 1 at San Jose – and each time had to undergo a series of tests.

Well this is just a bummer.  Before the season kicked off we had ex-Bruin Rich Peverley announce his retirement due to his heart condition.  Now we can add Pascal Dupuis to that list of guys who wisely, and before it was too late, valued long-term health over playing a game.  It sounds like Dupuis didn’t have much of a choice.  And even though I’ve never been a fan of the Penguins it always sucks to see players go out because of health issues.

Dupuis can leave the game feeling accomplished though.  He came out of the QMJHL, and was never drafted by an NHL team.  Working his way up through the minors he bounced from the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, and Atlanta Thrashers before finally landing with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008.  In 2009 he would win a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh.  From undrafted to 871 NHL games, 409 points, and a ring, Dupuis can leave knowing he was a winner.

Here’s to Pascal and his future health.  The Penguins should feel honored to have had him on their team.