Kris Letang Speaks Out About His Recent Strokes

Julien Trekker
March 15, 2023  (11:03)

In December, Kris Letang, the defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, suffered his second stroke but made a speedy recovery. When asked about his health by reporter Jean-François Chaumont from the Journal de Montreal before playing against the Canadiens on Tuesday night, Letang replied that he could not assure that he won't experience additional strokes in the future.

Letang speaks out about his strokes


«It's never truly behind me,» Letang said. «It has happened several more times, it seems. But we have a plan right now that we will execute it when/if needed. With this plan, I feel less stressed and less anxious thoughts in mind. But everything is stable and perfect. There is no problem with my health.»

In 2014, Letang was sidelined for two months after suffering his first stroke, which was linked to a small hole in his heart wall. The same issue caused another stroke, which was accompanied by severe headaches.
Letang's fellow defensemen on the Penguins team have been incredibly supportive of him. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, in particular, have helped Letang shine on the ice. As a result of this support, the Penguins were able to secure a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.
«There are several reasons to explain it. I play with Sid and Malkin, it helps me a lot. But when I jump on the ice in overtime, I also want to make a difference. I want to be the guy who will get the win for my team. There is nothing more enjoyable than scoring in overtime.»

In the recent game against the Canadiens, Letang scored a goal and assisted twice, contributing significantly to the Penguins' success. The team is currently in a favorable position, occupying the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
Letang is focused on prioritizing his health while also supporting his team's playoff efforts.