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Letang would be ‘safe to play’ if season restarts

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Kris Letang. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

There are several players around the NHL with underlying health issues that could potentially put them more at risk if the NHL restarts during the coronavirus outbreak.

There have been questions about how the league would handle such players with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, asthma or other respiratory conditions.

One player with a pre-existing health condition on the Penguins is Kris Letang, who has a congenital heart defect, a hole in the wall of his heart, and had a minor stroke in 2014.

Letang was asked on a conference call on Thursday if he has any reservations about returning to play given his medical history, and he said that he would be okay to play if the season restarts.

"Not at all," Letang said. "I had my fair share of questions and they've all been answered. Certainly, I can say I would be safe to play."

Letang stressed that for every person involved in the NHL's potential restart to the season, health and safety remains the top priority.

"Every question about safety, which is the most important question for everybody, has been the focus," he said. "We want what's best for sports and the safety for people around us."

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