Letang, 26, opens up about stroke episode

Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang (58) is called for a penalty after hitting forward Mark Arcobello...

Pittsburgh defenceman Kris Letang (58) is called for a penalty after hitting forward Mark Arcobello (26) in the first period of a NHL game as the Edmonton Oilers play the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency)

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Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke on Jan. 29, will forgo any operations to his heart.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman talked to the media Thursday for the first time since the incident, shedding light on the recovery process.

"It's been mentally very tough," Letang told reporters, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"It's tough to believe. I'm in the .01 percentage. When I found out, I didn't believe it. I didn't even understand the word (stroke)."

Letang, who is only 26, said he is still having "good days and bad days," has been dealing with fatigue, and is still on blood thinner medication. He will not return to the lineup this year.

Overall, things are looking up. He has even been given the green light to start light workouts.

"The chances that I get back to normal are really good," the Montreal native said. The doctors "kind of reassured me that I will play again."


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