Laval Quebec is the largest suburb of Montreal and childhood
home of Pascal Dupuis. Like every red-blooded Canadian boy he grew up playing
hockey and dreaming of playing professional hockey. He played four seasons in
the QMJHL but was never drafted by an NHL club. In August of 2000 at the age
of 21, he was signed by the Minnesota Wild and spent a year of development in the
International Hockey League before he became a regular player in the NHL. His
early career was spent as an average player for several teams until, on
February 9, 2008, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the now infamous
fi Marian Hossa trade.
Dupuis has been a sold contributor since he helped the
Penguins advance to the Stanley Cup Final in ’08 following his acquisition from
the Thrashers. He was a key member of Pittsburgh’s 2009 Stanley Cup
championship squad, appearing in 16 playoff games that spring and famously had
Lord Stanley’s cup tattooed on his shoulder that year.