In late January Kris Letang suffered a stroke.
Now, just under seven week later, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman has returned to practice with the NHL franchise.
Letang has not played since January 29, and underwent an intense period of rehabilitation following the incident.
In tests carried out in the aftermath of the stroke it was discovered Letang had a small hole in his heart, and the player has been on blood thinner medication until recent days:
"He still has some other things to go through (before returning to game action)," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
"But we knew that this was the six-week mark (since the stroke diagnosis) and there was a chance.
He's been working out, he's been skating and doing quite a bit on his own."
Ruled out completely from skating for a month after collapsing, Letang has only in the past week picked up the intensity on the ice and was cleared to return to practice over the weekend - something he managed to do Monday.
Prior to the stroke Letang had managed 10 goals in 34 appearances for the Penguins and regardless of whether he returns to the team in the remainder of the season it is a miraculous recovery for the 26-year old.
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