Some extremely scary news was delivered by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday morning: Pens’ defenseman Kris Letang suffered a stroke last week and is expected to miss at least six weeks while recovering.
According to the Penguins, the condition is treatable with blood thinners and at this point is not believed to be career threatening, which is obviously great news.
More from the team’s official release:
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.
“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Shero said. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition. Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”
All the best to Letang – a Norris Trophy finalist last season – in his recovery.