This is a pretty scary story. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after suffering a stroke last week. The team released a statement through Executive Vice President and General Manger Ray Shero:
“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week,” Shero said. “We held him out of the Los Angeles game Thursday night, and when he continued to feel ill, tests conducted in Phoenix on Saturday gave us the first indication of his condition. Further testing then was conducted when he returned to Pittsburgh, and he continued to undergo a battery of tests here this week.”
Letang hopes that some positives can be taken from his condition:
“I hope that by making my condition public at this time, I can help other people by encouraging them to seek medical help if they experience some of the symptoms associated with a stroke – regardless of their age or general health,” Letang said. “It obviously was a shock to get the news but I’m optimistic that I can overcome this and get back on the ice.”
It’s great that his condition is not life threatening, I just hope he doesn’t rush things and allows himself to recover fully.