Sportblis presents you with the Biography and Career Life of Robin Lehner, a professional Swedish ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Robin Lehner Career Life:
Robin Lehner was born on the 24th day of July 1991 to his father, Michael Lehner (a former hockey player) and mother, Veronica Lehner in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lehner started playing hockey at the tender age of ten. Interestingly, the Swedish goaltender had previously played soccer before delving into hockey. Early on, Robin Lehner began his hockey career with Molndal IF and played for several years, before he could establish himself as one of the top Swedish goaltenders in his age group.
Lehner soon gained prominence as he was selected as the 46th overall pick in the round two of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Without any delay, he went to Canada to play for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL (Ontario Hockey League).
On the 29th of March 2010, Robin Lehner signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators. After putting up an outstanding performance with Sault Ste. Marie, the Senator’s organization, brought Lehner into the Binghamton Senator’s team for the 2010–11 season.
Thanks to his unmatched potentials, Lehner made his AHL debut on the 15th of October 2010. However, Lehner received a call up to Ottawa the next day because of an injury sustained by Pascal Leclaire. We could deduce that he luckily made his NHL debut as he played for four minutes in the 3rd period of a match against the Montreal Canadiens that night.
Hence, he became the youngest Swedish goaltender (19 years) to play in the NHL, breaking Jhonas Enroth’s record of 21 years.
You would find it fascinating that Lehner stopped 20 of 21 shots in his Stanley Cup playoff debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After posting a 3–0 record with a 0.958 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against average (GAA), Lehner was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week in 2013.
Robin Lehner in the Buffalo Sabres:
His career progressed to a new phase as he and David Legwand were traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Buffalo’s 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. After three years, the Sabres failed to renew Lehner’s contract deal. Hence, he was allowed to become an unrestricted free agent when his contract expired on the 1st of July 2018.
New York Islanders:
In no distant time, Lehner signed a year contract worth $1.5 million as a free agent with the New York Islanders. There he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in June 2019. Funny enough, the league accidentally engraved the trophy with the wrong team name reading; “Robin Lehner, New York Rangers.”
Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights:
Lehner signed a one-year contract worth $5 million with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2019. However, it took his new team less than seven months to sell him off to the Vegas Golden Knights as part of a 3 team trade. Do you know?… Robin Lehner was exchanged for a 2020 2nd round entry draft pick, Malcolm Subban, and prospect Slava Demin. After showcasing a great deal of sportsmanship, Lehner agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract extension with the Golden Knights in October 2020.
Robin Lehner Personal life:
The hockey goalie is not only interested in sports, but he also has his eyes fixed on music. He is a fan of melodic death metal and in particular Swedish band In Flames, which originate from his home town, Gothenburg. Interestingly, the band influenced the design on Lehner’s mask.
Robin Lehner Father:
Robin’s dad, Michael, was also a former hockey player. He had coached New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and his son. As a matter of fact, Lehner’s father is one of the most significant influences on both goaltenders’ playing styles.
Ironically, Lehner’s father (pictured with him below) has never played as a goaltender, so he would often use his son as a “guinea pig” for Lundqvist. Do you know?… Robin Lehner’s dad, Michael, pushed his son relentlessly to build up the youngster’s mental and physical toughness.
Robin Lehner Mother:
Because Lehner’s father was not going easy on him, his mother, Veronica Lehner, became consistently worried. In fact, she acted as a buffer between Lehner and his father, who had established a coach-student relationship rather than a father-son relationship.
Robin Lehner Siblings:
It would interest you to know that Robin Lehner has a sister named Maja. Although no information has been published about his sister, we are confident that the siblings have maintained a cordial relationship. If Robin Lehner had a brother, do you think he would have also delved into hockey?
Robin Lehner Wife:
In as much as he struggles to maintain a balanced career life, Lehner has also been on the watch for his relationship life. After dating his Persian girlfriend, Donya Naini, for some years, Lehner finally tied the knot with her afterwards. The marriage of Lehner and his wife Donya gave rise to the birth of two children; a son and a daughter.
Robin Lehner Illness:
Unfortunately, Robin Lehner has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Even with his life-threatening ailment, the goalie also struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. However, in the 2018 off-season, he sought help and eventually became sober.
Robin Lehner Awards and honours:
|Goalie of the Week (OHL):||1|
|Calder Cup (Binghamton Senators - AHL):||1|
|William M. Jennings Trophy (NHL):||1|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (NHL):||1|
|Golden Puck Award (Sweden):||1|
|Jack A. Butterfield Trophy (AHL): ||1|
Facts About Robin Lehner:
1. Favourite meal:
The favourite food of the goaltender is Swedish pizza.
2. Background Music
His Pre-game music is In Flames (a Swedish metal band from Gothenburg).
3. Robin Lehner’s hobbies:
Away from his sports endeavours, the Swedish player loves spending time with his girlfriend turned wife as well as playing with his four dogs.
4. Robin Lehner’s Cars:
As a prestigious player, he has earned a lot of money to afford him a Maserati in Gothenburg, and a Mercedes in Ottawa. In a nutshell, Lehner loves Mercedes rides, which is why he bought one (shown below) when he paid a visit to his country, Sweden.
5. Robin Lehner Pet:
It is quite interesting that the goaltender has shown a lot of passion for raising dogs. In fact, Lehner has four different dogs that fill his heart with joy each time he plays with them. Take a look at the beautiful creatures in the picture below.
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