Kris Letang might have sustained serious injuries and two strokes during his impressive NHL career, he remains one of the top players in the league. Even though he is now 36 years with more than 1000 games under his belt, Letang pushes the limits during the summer to make sure he can be at the top of his game for the season opening.
Letang, who trains like a madman, recently allowed journalist Matt Vensel of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to spend a day training at the gym in Montreal, and the reporter was incredibly impressed with the blue liner’s level of fitness.
This led to Vensel sharing a particular anecdote in which it was revealed that Letang regularly trains with former teammate Mike Matheson, who now plays for the Eastern conference rivals Montreal Canadiens. Letang’s physical trainer Jon Chaimberg claims that it’s not uncommon when the two are racing and pushing each other to the limit that Matheson ends up vomiting outside the gym.
“Before we begin the timed weight sled races, Chaimberg politely points to the back door of the building. That’s where I will need to go if I have to throw up.
“Mike Matheson, the former Penguins defenseman who is among the best skaters in the NHL, trains with Letang regularly. He can beat Letang in the first race and sometimes the second. But the more repetitions they do, Matheson will slow down and often head out that back door. Letang’s times remain flat.”
Letang is doing everything he can to be healthy through 82 games and another deep playoff run.
He does not care about making former teammates and rivals puke, he wants to win another championship before hanging up the skates.
“The only thing I worry about is that I’m not going to get one last Cup,” he says. “At the end of my career, I’m going to sit at home and I will be remembered as being part of a core group that won, hopefully, four Stanley Cups. That’s what I want, to be part of a group that did something that people remember.”