Kris Letang

Penguins star Kris Letang suffers stroke

The team announced that Kris Letang suffered a stroke Monday. Letang was a superstar defenseman for Pittsburgh Penguins and helped the team to three Stanley Cup championships. This is his second stroke.

According to the Penguins, the 35-year-old is not suffering any permanent effects and the condition is not considered career-threatening.

Ron Hextall, the general manager, stated in a statement that Kris reported her symptoms to the training staff Monday. She was then taken to the hospital to be tested. We are thankful Kris is doing well, despite the shocking results of her test. We are grateful to the UMPC medical staff. Although he is a great ice warrior, he is also a father, husband, friend, and son. Our number one priority is his health.”

Letang had a stroke in 2014. It kept him off the ice for about two months. The team stated that Letang was born with a small hole in his heart wall.

Letang stated that she is fortunate to be able to identify when something is wrong with her body. Although it is hard to communicate this issue publicly, it is something I hope can help raise awareness. It is very important to me that my family, teammates, and fans know I am okay. I’m optimistic that I will soon be back on the ice.

Letang has been playing for the Penguins since 2007.

Letang has played in 962 matches since the beginning of his career. He scored 145 goals and 517 assists, for 662 points. Letang was an All-Star twice, and he finished third in the Norris Trophy in 2013. He has been in 543 regular-season and 69 playoff games since his first stroke.

Pittsburgh stated that Letang’s return cannot be arranged until a medical plan has been established.

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