Kris Letang out six weeks after suffering stroke

letangPenguins defenseman Kris Letang will miss at least six weeks after suffering a stroke according to a release for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

According to a report, Letang experienced severe nausea and disorientation following a team road trip last week.  Upon treatment from doctors, a small hole was discovered in Letang’s heart that was deemed responsible for the stroke.  Apparently it has been there his entire life and was only recently discovered.

Earlier this week, GM Ray Shero released a statement saying that Letang was out indefinitely with “an illness”, leaving many to speculate what was wrong.

While it is not believed to be life-threatning, Letang is being treated with blood-thinners and will be forced to sit out several weeks after the NHL resumes in late February.

Obviously Letang’s absence is a huge blow to a Pittsburgh team that has been dealing with injuries all season.  The team has shown full support and wished him a speedy recovery.