Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis, who was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung on Nov. 19, said Thursday he has been cleared for full-contact workouts.
"It's exciting. It's a day I've been waiting a long time for," Dupuis told the Penguins website. "It just feels great. It feels right, the right time."
Dupuis' struggles began before the early-season diagnosis. He tore his ACL/MCL in a game against the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 23, 2013, and a blood clot formed in his knee. The right wing missed the remainder of that season, treating the clot with blood thinners and rehabbing his leg during the summer.
Dupuis, 36, returned to the Penguins for the first 16 games of this season, but the blood clot traveled to his lung.
"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 Thursday. "It's a big step forward for Pascal, and we're all excited for him."