Dupuis: ‘I will play in the National Hockey League again’


If you’ve got a few minutes this afternoon, give this rather harrowing piece by Pascal Dupuis at the Players’ Tribune a read.

It’s all about Dupuis’ experience with blood clots, and how he tried to hide the potentially fatal ailment.

An excerpt:

Call me stupid but I didn’t say anything to anyone about it. Not my teammates. Not my trainers. Not my wife. The hockey player in me — he’s saying it’s nothing. He’s thinking, You just battled through eight months of rehab for your knee. Everyone was second-guessing you. You’re 35. This is it.

I finished practice.

I would not recommend this to anyone but the truth is that I played five more NHL games without ⅓ of a lung.

At the end of the piece, Dupuis vows to play again.

“I don’t care if it takes six months or a year or two years,” he writes. “I will get healthy. I will play in the National Hockey League again.”