October 28, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins defensemen Kris Letang (58) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Pens' Kris Letang Has Suffered Stroke; Out at Least Six Weeks

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ defenseman Kris Letang has reportedly suffered a stroke, and will miss at least the next six weeks – according to the team’s Twitter handle.

Letang will be placed on blood thinners, and re-evaluated after that six-week time period – per head coach Dan Bylsma.

The severity of Letang’s condition in all likelihood puts his season in jeopardy, however, that’s not the number one concern at this moment. Here’s what general manager Ray Shero had to say regarding Letang’s situation – per the team’s website:

“Kris had one brief episode of dizziness and nausea last week. 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,” he said. “The most important thing right now, of course, is Kris’ health. We’re not thinking about hockey right now. We want to make sure he gets the best possible care and gets better. After six weeks of treatment, doctors will re-evaluate Kris.”

At first, Letang was believed to be going through a flu bug, but now that the situation has been relayed to the media, we can understand why the organization withheld information until they received all the details.

Best wishes and a full recovery go out to Kris Letang during this frightening time.

In 34 games this season, Letang’s compiled 18 points (10G, 8A) and skated to a minus-8 rating.

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