Pens star defenseman out indefinitely after suffering another stroke

Mike Armenti
November 30, 2022  (1:16 PM)

The hockey world was concerned and taken aback by the news that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had suffered a stroke back in February of 2014. The episode was reportedly caused by a small hole in the wall of his heart, but after missing over two months of action, Letang came out of it fine on the other side and was able to successfully resume his pro hockey career. Unfortunately, according to a report from the Pens on Wednesday, Letang suffered another stroke on Monday.

"Kris reported symptoms to the training staff on Monday and was immediately taken to the hospital for testing," said Penguins GM Ron Hextall. "The test results were shocking to hear, but we are grateful that Kris is doing well. We are thankful to the medical staff and the physicians at UMPC. He is a warrior on the ice, but first and foremost, he is a son, father, husband and friend. His health is our number one priority."
Thankfully, Letang is not experiencing any lingering effects as a result of his second stroke in the last 9 years. Letang and the doctors caught it early. Letang revealed on Wednesday that while it's not exactly the easiest thing in the world to have news like this go public, he's also hopeful that this ordeal can serve as a means of raising awareness.
"I am fortunate to know my body well enough to recognize when something isn't right," said Letang. "While it is difficult to navigate this issue publicly, I am hopeful it can raise awareness. It is important for me that my teammates, family and the fans know that I am okay. I am optimistic that I will be back on the ice soon."
All the best to Kris, his family and the Penguins organization. Here's hoping that he makes a full recovery and gets back on the ice before too long.
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