Kris Letang, defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins recently endured painful and extensive neck surgery on April 13 for a herniated disc. It consequently ended the season for him, but he was cleared for contact just in time for training camp. Despite the slow recovery process, he hopes to be able to play at their season opener game.
“Health is pretty good,” Letang said. “I’ve been working out all summer. I was restrained at the beginning, but I got the clearance to start running and skating around July 5. Pretty full summer. … We’ll just start and go day by day. I got cleared to have contact and skate with the team. We’ll see how it goes the first few days and we’ll increase the workload.”
However, last season saw Letang constantly dealing with various injuries and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan wants to see him adjusting his form in the future to avoid needless hits.
Having played his last game on Feb 2, Letang is raring to go for this season. Thankfully the surgery went well and Letang was able to reflect on his time directly following it, saying:
“When I woke up, it was hard. I’m not going to lie. It was a tough first two weeks. A lot goes through your mind, but after that, I got more confidence. When the guys were playing, I was actually able to work out, do little things. I got my confidence back then that I was going to be healthy.”