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Penguins: Pascal Dupuis Cleared For Contact

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It's been a long road for Pascal Dupuis, but he's been cleared to work out and take contact once again.

According to the Penguins' official website, Dupuis' six-month treatment for a second blood clot has concluded.

"The blood clot has dissolved, and the doctors have recommended a blood thinner medication that will allow him to play," Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford said. "It's a big step forward for Pascal, and we're all excited for him."

Now, he's been cleared to take contact again and if you think he's not determined to get back on the ice, think again.

Dupuis' problems began back in December of 2013. In a game against the Ottawa Senators, Dupuis suffered a torn ACL, MCL and PCL when Sidney Crosby landed on his leg after being checked.

After experiencing chest pain and coughing fits for days, Dupuis finally decided to get checked out. A trip to the emergency room confirmed the blood clot and he was immediately put on blood thinners.

Dupuis would eventually be cleared to return to the ice in time for training camp and suited up for opening night this past season.

He appeared in 16 games for the Penguins this season and racked up 11 points (six goals, five assists).

Then, during a practice ahead of a Nov. 6 game with the Winnipeg Jets, Dupuis felt a sharp pain again. It was soon determined to be a second blood clot, which cut his season short again.

Dupuis is now on a blood thinner medication that will allow him to continue playing hockey.

Welcome back, Duper.

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