Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will no longer play hockey, choosing to call it a career because of a medical condition related to blood clots, the team announced.

Dupuis played just 16 games last season after being diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung.

He returned this season and suited up in 18 games, but continued to deal with medical conditions surrounding the clot, playing while on blood thinners. He's missed time and has been pulled out of games to undergo tests, most recently on Dec 1. against the San Jose Sharks.

"Despite playing on a medical protocol that has worked for other players in the NHL, we feel that the risk of Pascal playing with his condition and the side effects of the tests to monitor him are just not in the best interest of his long-term health," the Penguins' team physician, Dr. Dharmesh Vyas, said in a release.

The decision ultimately came down to Dupuis' well-being and his family.