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Penguins D Letang cleared to play two months after stroke

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The Canadian Press
4/9/2014 10:34:28 AM
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang will play on Wednesday night against the Detroit Red Wings, more than two months after suffering a stroke.

General manager Ray Shero says Letang has been cleared by team doctors. He says it was the 26-year-old Letang's decision whether to play again this season.

Letang hasn't played since Jan. 27. He suffered the stroke two days later. Tests revealed a small hole in his heart, which doctors say could have contributed to the stroke. The hole hasn't been repaired, but Shero says the team is confident playing hockey didn't cause Letang's stroke.

The 2013 Norris Trophy finalist has 10 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season for the Penguins, who have already clinched the Metropolitan Division title.

Kris Letang (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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