Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kristopher Letang has suffered a stroke and will be sidelined indefinitely, general manager Ron Hextall announced Wednesday.
The 35-year-old Quebecer has no sequelae and will continue to undergo a series of tests over the next week, the Penguins added in their press release.
“No further updates on his condition will be offered until all tests are completed and a medical plan is in place. His condition does not seem to threaten his career. “
“Kris reported his symptoms to the coaching staff on Monday and was immediately taken to hospital for testing,” Hextall said. “The test results were shocking to hear, but we are grateful that Kris is doing well. We are grateful to the medical staff and doctors at UMPC. He is a warrior on the ice, but above all, he is a son, a father, a husband and a friend. His health is our number one priority. “
In 2014, the defender missed more than two months due to a stroke. During this period, tests revealed that he was born with a very small hole in the wall of his heart. Although the small hole in the wall is apparent in all individuals, it usually closes on its own in most people. Since his first stroke eight years ago, he has played 543 regular season games and made 69 playoff appearances.
“I’m lucky enough to know my body well enough to know when something is wrong,” Letang said. “Although it is difficult to address this issue publicly, I hope it will raise awareness. It’s important to me that my teammates, my family and the fans know that I’m okay. I’m optimistic and I’ll be back on the ice soon. “
The defender has one goal and 12 points in 21 games this season.