Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Pascal Dupuis retired last week due to continued complications from blood clots, and it was a sad day for the entire hockey community. Dupuis was one of the good guys. His teammates loved him for his work ethic and sense of humour. He was popular among hockey media because he was so accommodating and easy to work with. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the game who wasn't upset to hear he was hanging up his skates.
It was no surprise, then, that there wasn't a dry eye at Consol Energy Center Monday night when the Penguins honored Dupuis with an in-game video tribute. Have a look here:
A deserving standing ovation for a stand-up guy who made the right decision, explaining last week his retirement was all about staying healthy for the sake of his family.
Dupuis, 36, came over to Pittsburgh in the 2008 trade with the Atlanta Thrashers that brought Marian Hossa to the Pens as well. Dupuis won a Cup with the Pens in 2009 and finishes his career with 190 goals and 409 points in 871 games.
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