Born April 24, 1987 (age 24) in Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Canada
Defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins
Right now, Letang leads the entire league in terms of points and assists! Let’s learn more about this long-haired points leader. He started out playing for the Val-d’Or Foreurs in the QMJHL and after his rookie year there he was drafted 62nd overall by the Penguins. He made the team out of training camp and debuted in 2006-07, scoring his first goal in his third game ever. However, he did need some more time back in Quebec to develop and helped the Foreurs to the QMJHL playoffs in 2007. Once Val-d’Or was out of the playoffs, he went and helped the Baby Pens in their Calder run for a time, sticking around to start the next season there until he did so well that he got called back to Pittsburgh for the rest of their season, including a visit to the Stanley Cup finals. The next season, injuries to other Pens blueliners meant Letang stepped up and was paired with Man of the Day honoree Brooks Orpik. He led all team defensemen in points and the Pens met the Red Wings at the Stanley Cup finals again, but this time it went a little better for Pittsburgh.
After winning the Cup, Letang signed on for an extension of his contract through 2013-14. 2009-10 was a bit of a lower point for him points-wise, but he assumed a larger responsibility within the team for 2010-11, went to the All-Star Game and finished second in Penguins scoring behind only Sidney Crosby. He’s also suited up for Canada before at the 2005 U18s (silver), the 2006 World Juniors (gold) and the 2007 World Juniors (gold). In 2007 he was the team captain. He’d played on the Canadian junior team and the Foreurs with Luc Bourdon, who died in a motorcycle accident in 2008, inspiring both a lovely tribute tattoo on Letang’s arm and his choice not to buy a motorcycle. The poor guy. Maybe the fact that as of this writing Letang is leading in points and assists is causing his friend to smile from somewhere in heaven right now. Now excuse me while I find a high note on which to end this post.