To represent the New York Islanders, Robin Lehner was nominated for the Masterton Trophy, which goes to someone who displays perseverance and dedication to the sport.
It’s been a bounce-back year for New York Islanders netminder, Robin Lehner, in more ways than one. On the ice, he’s having a career year but you can make the case that off the ice this year has had a bigger impact.
Starting with his on the ice play, in 42 games, Lehner is 22-12-5 with a .928 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average. He’s been phenomenal this year, putting up career highs in save percentage and goals against average.
Off the ice, his impact is even larger. Before the season, Lehner wrote a tell-all through The Athletic about his battles with addiction and mental health issues. It’s beautifully written, as Lehner shares his story about the battle he faces every day.
Now, he’s nominated for the Masterton Trophy and I can’t think of a more deserving recipient. The trophy is supposed to go someone who displays perseverance and dedication to the sport. I think Lehner has both of those things covered.
Rooting for Lehner is one of the easiest things Islanders fans have had to endure this year. One, he’s been fantastic which really helps, but the fans have gravitated towards his story.
Lehner’s life has changed a lot this past year, and I think the fans reception to him really goes a long way. You can tell when he does the post-game interviews on the ice with Shannon Hogan. At the end of the day, Lehner is the frontrunner for this award and he absolutely deserves it.
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