Kris Letang to return to Penguins tonight 10 weeks after suffering stroke

Kris Letang

Defenseman Kris Letang will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins  lineup Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings at CONSOL Energy Center 10 weeks after suffering a stroke.

“Finally some good news regarding injuries, Kris Letang will return to play tonight,” general manager Ray Shero said. “Kris has been bugging me for a little while for a return to play. He feels good on and off the ice so he’ll be back this evening.”

Letang, 26, has been out since he had a stroke Jan. 29.  He was cleared to participate in full contact practice by doctors on March 17.

“Going through other injuries with him, but this is quite different,” Shero said. “It really shakes you and him. Having a family we want to do what’s best for the player. You don’t take these decisions lightly.

“Whatever Kris decided we fully supported. He would like to return to play. If it was up to Kris he would have been back before this.”

Doctors have determined that hockey did not cause Letang’s stroke.

“Hockey did not cause this stroke. Returning to play will not cause a stroke,” Shero said. “Playing tonight versus waiting until October or 10 years from now will not change that. Resting and playing Xbox is not going to make him better. … He’s at no greater risk to suffer a stroke (from playing hockey) than he would be going to the grocery store.”

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