Pittsburgh Penguins Say Defenseman Kris Letang Is Ruled Out Indefinitely After Suffering A Stroke

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After suffering a stroke on Monday, the Pittsburgh Penguins have ruled defenseman Kris Letang out indefinitely. The Penguins organization reported that Letang is currently not experiencing any lingering effects of the stroke, and will be continuously tested by doctors over the next week. When speaking to media, Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said the 35-year-old was swiftly taken to a local medical facility after he reported his symptoms to the teams’ training staff.

“Kris reported symptoms to the training staff on Monday and was immediately taken to the hospital for testing. 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.”

Letang’s head coach, Mike Sullivan, expressed how grateful he was when he got the news that one of his guys was no longer in medical danger. “We’re all concerned for Kris, because we care about him, you know? Stroke is a scary word,” the head coach said. “But from all the preliminary tests to this point, it appears that this one was much less severe than his last one, which is very encouraging.”

Letang suffered his first stroke in 2014. The medical emergency sidelined the defenseman for more than two months. When Letang was undergoing tests at that time, it was discovered that the player had been born with tiny holes in his heart. The player stated how fortunate he was to know his body so well that he can tell when something feels off.

“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.”

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