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Pascal Dupuis Out For At Least Six Months For Treatment Of Blood Clot In His Lung

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will be out of the lineup for at least six months while undergoing treatment with blood thinners.

The clot was identified during testing Monday, after Dupuis had complained of discomfort in his chest.

“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, the Penguins’ team physician. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal. The treatment is at least six months of blood thinners, during which time he will not be able to play hockey. Other than that, his condition is stable.”

Dupuis, 35, previously was diagnosed with a blood clot in January 2014, shortly after he suffered torn ligaments in his knee. He was on blood thinners for six months while also recovering from surgery and rehabilitating his knee.

Dupuis was cleared to return to the lineup in October and had six goals and 11 points in 16 games this season. He scored two goals in a 2-1 win at Toronto Nov. 14.

“Our focus at this point is on Pascal’s health and well-being,” Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford said. “He will have all the support he needs from the Penguins organization and our medical staff.”

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nEgativezEro's avatar

Yeesh, there is some bad juju going around the Pens dressing room. Strokes, Cancerous Tumors, Blood Clots… Glad all of them are coming through with a clean bill of health.

Posted by nEgativezEro on 11/19/14 at 01:19 PM ET

awould's avatar

Scary stuff, blood clots. A ticking bomb.

Posted by awould on 11/19/14 at 01:27 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

My God, what’s in the water in Pittsburgh?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 11/19/14 at 02:04 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Poor Dupuis. He can’t catch a break the past couple of seasons.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 11/19/14 at 03:01 PM ET


The second time for Dupuis - And Tomas Vokoun was diagnosed with blood-clots, while playing for the Pens as well.

Too much of a coincidence…Perhaps something the training staff is using? An unidentified supplement of some sort? It might be prudent for the NHL and NHLPA to investigate this further.

We’re talking about world-class athletes; at peak health and in peak condition. Too odd to be dismissed.

Posted by icehound on 11/19/14 at 04:45 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

icehound, both were caused by surgeries. Vokoun had the problem since he was a child. Blood clots are not all that abnormal, from what I understand, for people that have recently had surgery (Dupuis had knee surgery last season).

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 11/19/14 at 04:50 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Dupuis is a Hard worker, never question his effort or speed, just question his hands & in a world of great humans in hockey he is one of the nicest people in the sport. Just hope he rovers & is healthy for his family & friends

My Mom had a blood clot after surgery 15+ years ago & got a blood clot & they ended up putting a screen in her carotid artery to break up the clot

Posted by Evilpens on 11/19/14 at 05:49 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Dupuis is a great player, and great guy. Met him a few times when he played here in Atlanta.

Hopefully everything works out. My thoughts are with him.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/20/14 at 08:12 AM ET

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