Kris Letang suffered 'hard headaches' after Jarret Stoll hit

ST. PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 26: Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins controls the puck while Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild defends during the game on December 26, 2015 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang said he had “hard headaches” after a high hit by Minnesota Wild forward Jarret Stoll last Saturday.

Letang was held out of the next night’s game at the Winnipeg Jets as a precaution, but played the rest of Pittsburgh’s game at Minnesota following the hit. Letang said the check caught him in the chin.

Here is the video of the play:

Letang spoke with reporters Wednesday at the team’s morning skate before their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Thanks to Empty Netters for posting the entire transcript.

Letang was first asked if he felt healthy enough to play Wednesday.

“Yeah. I mean, that’s what I told the doctors. “

He was then asked if he had any concerns because of his concussion history, which includes three documented concussions in the last five years.

"Yeah. I got dinged pretty hard there. It took me a little of a moment to get back to my senses and I was fine after that.

He was also asked about his symptoms.

"Headaches. Hard headaches. As soon as I got hit. Then it went away."

He missed the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs last year after suffering a head injury on a Shane Doan body check on March 28. According to Empty Netters, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said there was no concern that Letang suffered a concussion on the hit.

Letang has one goal and 16 points in 26 games this year for the Penguins. He hasn’t played a full 82-game season since 2010-11.


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