Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was taken to the hospital as a precaution prior to the team’s game at Edmonton “after experiencing symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history.”
The Penguins announced the news on their website.
Dupuis was found to have a blood clot in his lung last November and missed the remainder of the NHL regular season with the issue. He needed six months of treatment with blood thinners. It was the second instance when Dupuis was found to have a blood clot.
“We’ve said all along that Pascal’s health is the highest priority,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “We will take every precaution necessary to ensure he is in good health.”
Dupuis chronicled his blood clot situation in an article he wrote last February in Players’ Tribune:
Game 11 was in Minnesota. After the game, I went to dinner with a couple of guys and had a few drinks. The next day, we woke up and flew to Winnipeg, and went straight to practice. I’m standing at center ice when I feel something go through my body like a bolt of lightning. It actually made me gasp. Instant chest pain. I thought, Am I having a heart attack right now? The first time, the pain was gradual. Like a soreness. This time, I felt something physically going through my body. It caught me like a punch in the chest. Instantly, I do the math. Come on. Not again.
Dupuis, 36, made his season debut on Oct. 22 against the Dallas Stars. He has one goal in six games and averaged 16:19 of ice-time per-contest.
Dupuis has played 859 games in his NHL career and notched 406 points.
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