Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman, Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks of action after recovering from a stroke is was reported today.
Letang, 26, is one of the league's finest blue-liners was found to have a small hole in his heart which was there from birth which could have caused the stroke.
He was treated with blood thinners and should be healthy to return by April.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero said in a statement; “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.'
Letang said in a statement that he hopes his situation would help other people to get tested for symptoms quicker:
“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,”
The defenseman was due to take a vacation during the NHL Olympic break but instead will undergo further tests in Pittsburgh.
Letang was drafted in the third round in 2005 and was on the Penguins team which won the 2009 Stanley Cup.
He has 10 goals and eight assists in over 30 games for the Penguins this season.