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Friday, February 7, 2014
Iginla expresses concern for Letang

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After hearing the news Friday that former teammate and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang suffered a stroke last week, Boston Bruins forward Jarome Iginla said he was shocked. The Bruins practiced Friday afternoon at Ristuccia Arena, and afterward Iginla was in the player's lounge when he saw the report on television.

"It's a scary thing," Iginla said. "He's a young guy and he takes care of himself and he's in good shape. I don't know anything more than what I saw on TV, but yeah, it's obviously more serious than a hockey injury. I'm definitely shocked and wish him well. It was definitely a surprise and a shock to see."

Iginla played his entire career for the Calgary Flames before he accepted a trade to the Penguins last season for a chance to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in his career. However, the Bruins swept the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

According to Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero, Letang's condition is treatable and doesn't seem career-threatening, which was a relief for Iginla.