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Who is Kris Letang?
Kristopher Joseph Pierre Irwin Letang abbreviated as Kris Letang is a prominent ice hockey defenceman and an alternate captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL (National Hockey League). For three-season, he has played juniors in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) during which he was selected by the Penguins 62nd overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
In his second full season, he won with the Penguins the Stanley Cup and in 2016 became a two-time Stanley Cup champion when the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks. Moreover, in 2017, he became a three-time Stanley Cup champion when the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators. At the international level, he has competed for Canada at the under-18 and under-20 levels. Thus winning back-to-back gold medals at the World Junior Championships in 2006 and 2007.
How Old Is Kris Letang?
He is 35 years old as of May 2022, having been born on April 24, 1987, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kris shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Aya Tanjali, Joe Keery, Kelly Clarkson, Kehlani, Jordan Fisher, and many more.
Kris Letang Family
Who is Kris Letang Parents?
He was born to Claude Fouquet (Father) and Christiane Letang (Mother)
Does Kris Letang have Siblings?
He has three siblings. A sister, a half-sister, and a half-brother. However, his siblings’ names are not mentioned on the internet.
Kris Letang Education
Information regarding where he received his high school/college education is not mentioned on the internet. In case of news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Kris Letang Marital Status
He is married to the love of his life Catherine Laflamme. They married on July 18, 2015, in Montreal.
Kris Letang Kids
He has two kids with his wife Catherine. A son by the name of Alexander Letang was born in November 2012. And a daughter by the name of Victoria born in July 2018.
Kris Letang Playing Career
For three seasons, he played major junior hockey for the Val-d’Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After an impressive record of 32 points in his junior rookie season, he was named to the QMJHL and the CHL All-Rookie Team. That summer in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he was drafted in the third round, 62nd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The following season, his 68-point effort in just 60 games earned him QMJHL First-Team All-Star honors.
He made his NHL debut in the 2006-07 season. He scored his first NHL goal in a 6-5 in his third game against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. However, after two goals in seven games, he was scratched twice and he was returned to Val-d’Or for further development. He led the Foreurs to the 2007 QMJHL Finals with 31 points after playing his third season with them. But they were eliminated by the Lewiston MAINEiacs in four games.
Following the Foreurs’ elimination, Kris was assigned to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wiles-Barre/Scranton Penguins. They were in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs, where he only recorded an assist in his only game. At the season’s end, he was a recipient of three major QMJHL awards. Besides receiving the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL’s best defenceman and the Paul Dumont Trophy as the best personality. He also received the Kevin Lowe Trophy as the best defensive defenceman.
A Professional Career
A Career with the Pittsburgh Penguins
Kris was quickly recalled by the Penguins after beginning the 2007-08 season in Wiles-Barre/Scranton and recording seven points in 10 games in the NHL. In his rookie season with the Penguins, he had an exemplary season thus resulting in him being invited to the 2008 NHL YoungStars Game. Alongside teammate Tyler Kennedy during the All-Star weekend. He completed his rookie season with 17 points in 63 games, sixth among rookie defencemen.
He helped the Penguins to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals and made his Stanley Cup playoffs debut. However, the Penguins were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings in six games. The top two defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney were both put on the long-term injured reserve entering the 2008=09 season. This increased Kris’ chances to be on the team’s starting roster. He was paired with Brooks Orpik to be on the Penguins’ defensive roster. As a result of increased playing time, he had 10-goals, a 33-point season thus leading all-team defencemen.
He was invited during the season to his second NHL YoungStars Game. During the 2009 All-Star weekend playing for the Sophomores team in his hometown Montreal. In the first round after the Penguins eliminated the Philadelphia Flyers. On May 6, 2009, he scored his first NHL playoff career goal in game three of the second round against the Washington Capitals in overtime. Advancing to the finals, the Penguins once again met the Red Wings for the second consecutive year. But this time around Kris scored one goal in the series in Game 3 thus helping the Penguins defeat the Red Wings in seven games.
This, therefore, clinched the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup on June 12, 2009. Overall, he finished the season with 4 goals and 13 points over 23 games. On March 30, 2010, he signed a four-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season worth an annual salary of $3.5 million. The Penguins entering the 2010 playoffs as defending champions, were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round. Kris surpassed his regular-season goals with 5 tallies in 13 post-season games, along with two assists for seven points. The following summer with the departure of the Penguins’ top defenceman, Sergei Gonchar, Kris in 2010-11 got a larger role with the club.
He finished the season as the second-highest scorer for the Penguins, behind Sidney Crosby. Kris made the NHL 2012 All-Star roster as an injury replacement for Dustin Byfuglien on January 23, 2012, joining teammates Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. The Penguins have lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers. Kris scored one goal and had two assists, but earned a game misconduct for fighting Kimmo Timonen in Game 3. He went on to sign an eight-year contract with the Penguins on July 2, 2013, valued at $58 million that went into effect in the 2014-15 season. In the 2013-14 season, he played in 34 games before it was announced he would miss six weeks after suffering a stroke. Dan Bylsma (then-head coach) announced on March 16, 2014, that Kris was fit and was cleared by doctors to return to full practice.
He was named in the 2015-16 season to play for the Metropolitan Division team in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. In the 2016 Stanley Cup finals, he scored the winning goal against Martin Jones of the San Jose Sharks. This performance made him become just the fourth player in NHL history to record a point on all four game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. At the end of the season, he finished fourth in voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s top defenceman and was named to the second all-star team.
Kris required neck surgery in the 2016-17 season due to a herniated disk in his neck and did not play in the playoffs. Despite suffering an injury, his name was added to the Stanley Cup. In a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on October 6, 2018, he scored his 441st assist, thus setting a new Penguins franchise record for most points by a defenceman. In a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on February 11, 2019, he passed Paul Coffey for most goals by a Penguins defenceman.
An International Play Career
Despite playing at the national level, he has debuted at the international level for Canada. In his junior rookie season during the 2005 World U18 Championships in the Czech Republic, he scored four points in 6 games in a silver medal effort. They lost to the United States in the final. For the next two years in 2006 and 2007, he competed in the World Junior Championships earning gold as part of a five-year Canadian championship run. His first gold medal with Canada he won in Vancouver as the host country, and then returned the next year in Sweeden to score six points in six games as team captain. Along with teammates Carey Price and Jonathan Toews, he was named to the tournament All-Star Team.
Kris Letang Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 6ft 0inches (1.83m) and a weight of 91kg (200lbs)
Kris Letang Salary and Net Worth
He has an annual salary of $7.25 million and a net worth of $16 million.