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New York Islanders Robin Lehner named finalist for Masterton Trophy

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 20: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders celebrates a 3-0 shut-out against the Anaheim Ducks at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - JANUARY 20: Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders celebrates a 3-0 shut-out against the Anaheim Ducks at NYCB Live at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 20, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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New York Islanders netminder Robin Lehner was named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy. He’s one of three players nominated for the honor.

The Masterton Trophy is given to a player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The NHL has decided to nominate New York Islanders netminder, Robin Lehner for this award.

Along with Joe Thornton of San Jose and Nick Foligno of Columbus, those are your three nominees for the prestigious honor. With all due respect to Foligno and Thornton who would both normally be fine candidates, Lehner is the clear favorite here.

Robin Lehner turned his life around both on and off the ice this past year. On the ice, he’s been the best version of himself posting a .930 save percentage in the regular season and a .956 save percentage in the playoffs.

He went from his worst year, statistically, to his best year statistically. His game on the ice has completely changed and that’s only the start. Off the ice is the better story.

Before the season started, Lehner was very open in an article from The Athletic. He told his story, a story of addiction, depression, and suicidal thoughts. It’s a difficult story to hear but Robin did a phenomenal job of telling it.

Lehner became a relatable person to a lot of people. Those who also struggle with mental health issues and addiction. After last year the Sabres and Robin Lehner thought it would be a good idea if the two parted ways, that’s why he became a UFA.

The Islanders gave him a one-year deal and a very supportive system. Lehner has done phenomenal things both on and off the ice and is easily one of the fans favorite players.

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He’s done everything to earn a second contract with the Islanders, and Lou Lamoriello will likely be in negotiations with him once the season comes to an end. Robin Lehner is the perfect candidate for the Masterton Trophy.

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