Rewatch former New York Islanders goalie, Robin Lehner’s emotional Masterton Trophy speech from the NHL Awards last June.
Robin Lehner meant so much to the New York Islanders both on and off the ice. On the ice, he was a solid figure in net posting a .930 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average. The Islanders rode Lehner, and Thomas Greiss too, into the playoffs and through the first round.
His outstanding .936 save percentage and a 2.00 goals against average in the playoffs is something fans will remember for a very long time. Despite his Vezina nomination for his fantastic statistical year, he will be remembered more so for his off-ice inspiration.
On the eve of the season, Robin Lehner dropped a heartfelt article in The Athletic. It discussed his battles with depression, anxiety, and addiction. Lehner was open and honest and it struck a chord with Islander fans.
Fans accepted him, and he easily became a fan favorite in his one-year stint on Long Island. It’s something that we won’t soon forget, nor will he.
Since yesterday was Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day where Bell donates $.05 for every tweet with #BellLetsTalk in order to raise awareness for mental health I thought it would be apropos to watch Lehner’s acceptance speech from the NHL Awards last year.
“Mentally ill doesn’t mean mentally weak”
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