The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that veteran defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke earlier this week.
Team GM Ron Hextall says Letang “is not experiencing any lasting effects of the stroke” but will continue to undergo tests over the next week.
“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 previously missed playing time in 2014 after suffering a stroke and testing revealed that he had been born with a small hole in the wall of his heart.
“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.”