Letang Out At Least Six Weeks After Stroke

By WTAJ News

Published 02/07 2014 11:47AM

Updated 02/07 2014 04:24PM

PITTSBURGH, ALLEGHENY COUNTY – The Penguins announced Friday defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after having a stroke last week.

According to a release on the Penguins website, the condition is treatable with blood thinners. Tests run on the 26-year-old also showed a small hole in the wall of his heart, which has been present since birth.

Coach Dan Bylsma talked Friday about when they found out something was wrong with Letang last week:

“Kris had an episode on Wednesday morning," said Bylsma.  "We were having the mothers’ trip and his mother-in-law is a nurse and was there with him and he was fine, I guess. He wanted to go on the trip, got on the trip, we got to LA, he didn’t skate in the skate on Wednesday. We all saw him skate Friday morning the day of the game. Our team doctors felt something, enough to keep him out of the game in LA and then we get to Phoenix and then that’s when the tests started to, different tests, started to be done on Kris and realize that he did have a stroke. Sent him home to Pittsburgh to have more tests and more tests, and that’s kind of what we’ve been going through the last 5 or 6 days. He’s currently still being monitored."

Letang has been cleared to go on vacation with his family. The NHL is on break while some players represent their home countries in Sochi.

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