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Robin Lehner (born 24 July 1991) is a Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders. Lehner was selected by the Senators in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and was the recipient of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs with the champion Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.[1]

Robin Lehner
Robin Lehner at Breakaway Relay (1).jpg
Lehner with the Binghamton Senators in 2013
Born (1991-07-24) 24 July 1991 (age 28)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Chicago Blackhawks
Ottawa Senators
Buffalo Sabres
New York Islanders
NHL Draft 46th overall, 2009
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2009–present

Playing careerEdit

Lehner started playing hockey relatively late at ten years old.[2] He had previously played soccer. He began playing hockey with Mölndal IF, and in only seven years he became one of the top Swedish goaltenders in his age group.[2][3] Lehner played for Frölunda HC until the 2008–09 season. After being drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, he moved to Canada to play for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

Ottawa SenatorsEdit

 
Lehner with the Binghamton Senators during the 2010–11 season.

On 29 March 2010, Lehner signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa sports media suggested the "highly touted prospect" would provide a measure of stability and longevity to the Senators' goaltending, something the organization has rarely had since its inception.[4][5][6]

In 2010, following a successful season in Sault Ste. Marie, the Senators organization informed the team that Lehner would not be returning, as he would begin his time with the Binghamton Senators for the 2010–11 season.[7] Lehner made his AHL debut on 15 October 2010. The next day, Lehner was called up to Ottawa due to an injury to Pascal Leclaire. He made his NHL debut playing four minutes in the third period of a game against the Montreal Canadiens that night. With that debut at 19 years, two months and 24 days, Lehner became the youngest Swedish goaltender to play in the NHL, breaking Jhonas Enroth's record of 21 years, four months and 13 days.[8]

Lehner won his first NHL start when Ottawa defeated the New York Islanders 6–4 on 13 January 2011.[9] On 7 June 2011, Lehner was awarded the 2011 Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL's Calder Cup Most Valuable Player with the champion Binghamton Senators.[1]

 
Lehner during his Stanley Cup playoffs debut, May 2013.

On 17 May 2013, Lehner made his Stanley Cup playoff debut against the Pittsburgh Penguins, stopping 20 of 21 shots in relief of starter Craig Anderson.[10]

The 2013–14 season saw Lehner start the season in Ottawa for the first time after three years of tutelage in the AHL.[11] "I've lived with my suitcase from hotel to hotel. Now you have a base and you can start something," he said of finally being a full-time NHL player.[11] Observers began suggesting he may be a future franchise goaltender in the NHL.[11] On 11 November 2013, after posting a 3–0 record with a 1.33 goals against average (GAA) and .958 save percentage, Lehner was named the NHL's First Star of the Week.[12]

On 31 July 2014, Lehner signed a three-year, $6.675 million contract extension with Ottawa.[13]

Buffalo SabresEdit

On 26 June 2015, Lehner and David Legwand were traded to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Buffalo's 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Colin White).[14]

On 22 June 2018, the Sabres announced they would not tender Lehner a contract offer and would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent when his contract expired on 1 July.[15]

New York IslandersEdit

 
Lehner with the New York Islanders during the Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On 3 July 2018, Lehner signed as a free agent to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the New York Islanders.[16] On 8 October, Lehner became the first goaltender in the Islanders' history to post a shutout in his debut with the team, leading them to a 4–0 win over the San Jose Sharks.[17]

On 6 April 2019, Lehner posted a 3–0 shutout over the Washington Capitals securing the William M. Jennings Trophy, which he shared with teammate Thomas Greiss.[18] On 11 April, he recorded his first playoff win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[19]

On 21 June 2019, Lehner won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy which is given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The league accidentally engraved the trophy with the wrong team, reading "Robin Lehner, New York Rangers."[20]

Chicago BlackhawksEdit

On 1 July 2019, Lehner signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.[21] Lehner was negotiating a new contract with the Islanders, but reportedly the team walked away from him during negotiations and signed former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov instead.[22]

International playEdit

Lehner has competed internationally for Sweden in the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships in Fargo, North Dakota, and Moorhead, Minnesota, where Sweden placed fifth. He competed for starting goaltender at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Buffalo, New York.[7]

Playing styleEdit

 
Lehner is a butterfly style goalie, a style where the goalie typically drops to their knees to block a shot.

Lehner is a Butterfly style goalie who uses his large frame to his advantage. Despite his size, he remains quite mobile with good lateral movement.[2] Following the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Senators' scouting staff described Lehner's style as very competitive with good technique and a willingness to aggressively challenge shooters. Sweden head coach Stephan Lundh described him as a "steady, calm person. He's very determined".[23]

Robin's father Michael has helped coach New York Rangers' goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, and has had a big influence on both goaltenders' playing styles. His father never played goaltender, so he would often use his son as a "guinea pig" for Lundqvist.[2] Michael Lehner has done various forms of martial arts at an elite level and took his knowledge of movement over to goaltending.[2] Michael Lehner spent four seasons as the goaltending coach for Frölunda HC, Lundqvist's and Robin Lehner's former team.

Personal lifeEdit

When long-time Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 2013, he sold his house in Ottawa to Lehner.[24] Lehner is a fan of melodic death metal and in particular Swedish band In Flames, which originate from Lehner's home town of Gothenburg. The band influenced the design on Lehner's mask.[25]

Lehner and his wife, Donya (née Naini) have two children: a son and a daughter.[26][27] Donya is of Persian descent. Politically, Lehner supported Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.[28]

Lehner has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and struggled with alcohol and drug addiction before seeking help and getting sober during the 2018 off-season.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007–08 Frölunda HC Swe U18 19 1147 34 6 1.78 4 243 15 0 3.70
2008–09 Frölunda HC Swe Jr. 22 1318 67 1 3.05 .903 1 58 3 0 3.08
2008–09 Frölunda HC Swe U18 2 117 5 0 2.56 7 438 19 0 2.60
2009–10 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 47 27 13 3 2574 120 5 2.80 .918 5 1 4 279 20 0 4.29 .874
2009–10 Binghamton Senators AHL 2 2 0 0 120 6 0 3.00 .898
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 22 10 8 2 1246 56 3 2.70 .912 19 14 4 1112 39 3 2.10 .939
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 8 1 4 0 341 20 0 3.52 .888
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 40 13 22 1 1156 119 2 3.26 .907
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 5 3 2 0 299 10 1 2.01 .935
2012–13 Binghamton Senators AHL 31 18 10 2 1841 65 3 2.12 .938
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 12 5 3 4 735 27 0 2.20 .936 2 0 1 49 2 0 2.45 .920
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 36 12 15 6 1942 99 1 3.06 .913
2014–15 Ottawa Senators NHL 25 9 12 3 779 74 0 3.02 .905
2015–16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 21 5 9 3 1155 48 1 2.47 .924
2015–16 Rochester Americans AHL 3 1 2 0 179 10 0 3.36 .888
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 59 23 26 8 3406 152 2 2.68 .920
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 53 14 26 9 2853 143 3 3.01 .908
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 46 25 13 5 2616 93 6 2.13 .930 8 4 4 449 15 0 2.00 .936
NHL totals 265 97 110 40 14,826 666 14 2.70 .918 10 4 5 498 17 0 2.05 .934

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2009 Sweden WJC18 5th 4 236 11 1 2.80 .916
2011 Sweden WJC 4th 3 1 1 0 195 9 1 2.77 .906
Junior totals 7 431 20 2

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jonathan Quick
William M. Jennings Trophy
(with Thomas Greiss)

2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Brian Boyle
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
2020
Succeeded by
Incumbent