By Christine D'Antonio

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — While the focus at CONSOL Energy Center was on the ice Friday night, thoughts were with the one defenseman whose absence was felt by fans who earlier in the day learned of Kris Letang’s stroke.

“It’s crazy. A 26-year-old athlete on top of his game,” said one fan. “To have that kind of injury blew my mind.”

“Physically fit guy like that, kind of shocking,” added another fan.

Doctors say the stroke may have been caused by a hole in Letang’s heart, something were all born with. Most people have theirs close over time, but Letang’s did not.

Fans are wishing No. 58 a speedy and full recovery.

“Him having a hole in his heart that he didn’t know of, but it’s good they found it, and it didn’t happen on the ice while he was playing or anything,” said one fan.

Letang will be out for at least the next six weeks.

Fans can’t wait to see him in his element again.

“Everyone’s saying six weeks is optimistic, but hopefully,” one fan said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with him though,” said another fan.

For those who love what he does with the puck.

“He’s a great player and six weeks, I guess that’s best case,” a Penguins’ fan said. “Hopefully, he’ll be back in time for the playoffs.”

And others who just like him in general.

“I don’t want to watch him go out because I love him,” another fan said.

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