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
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.
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.