Nov 25, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) tries to control the puck while going down as Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) looks on during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Letang Out For Six Weeks Due To Stroke

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that defenseman Kris Letang will be out for upwards of six weeks due after having a stroke.

The condition is treatable with blood thinners and at this point is not believed to be career threatening.

Further testing also revealed that Letang, 26, has had a very small hole in the wall of his heart since birth. This small defect in the wall is present in all individuals before birth but seals shut in most people. It is possible that the hole in the heart led to the stroke

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Jan 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) handles the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Pittsburgh won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins (somewhat) caught a lucky break due to the fact that for three of those six weeks there are no NHL games scheduled. The star defenseman hasn’t played since January 27th, when the Penguins faced the Sabres at home. Letang has missed 4 games so far, and it appears the Penguins figured out what had happened on their short Western road trip.

Kris had an episode (1/29) morning. In Phoenix we realized he had a stroke. Going thru tests last 5, 6 days.

Coach Dan Blysma via Pittsburgh Penguins Official Twitter Account

According to the Penguins, Letang will spend the Olympic break with family members, and will resume skating once the break is over.

Letang has 18 points this season, 10 goals and 8 assists in 34 games played. For more details click here.

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