yesterday at 9:00 p.m.
The last season in the NHL was closed with a gala evening where individual awards for 2018/19 were awarded. NY Islander's Swedish keeper Robin Lehner was also among the winners.
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An important prize for a 27-year-old Swede, however, was the award for sportsmanship and commitment to hockey. The ice hockey goalie, who was performing with the NY Islanders this season, could not do anything. The Goteborg native is a cured alcoholic who suffers from mental health problems. They culminated in thoughts of suicide.
"I drank and took the medication that took me to the bottom. Nothing helped me … was part of a letter published by The Athletic a year ago.
Now Lehner was in Las Vegas in front of a prestigious NHL cream, which will certainly help him on his way to recovery.
"I'm not ashamed to say that I'm mentally ill, but that does not mean that I'm mentally weak.I took the first step, I got help and it changed my life.It's something we have to continue, In an emotional speech from Lehner, who ends the contract in New York on July 1, but would like to remain in the organization.
A year ago, a Swedish goalkeeper admitted his alcohol addiction. But the Islanders really did a lot for him. He has never touched alcohol since joining an "islet".
"It's so … I can not even say in words what the Islanders did to me." There's a lot of that, they're great, I like them a lot, as do my team mates, I love the club, I want to stay here.
Robin Lehner has a remarkable season, not just because of personal problems. In fact, with the NY Islanders, he moved into the playoffs, eliminating Pittsburgh in four games in the first round, but falling so fast in Caroline in the second round.
Still, Lehner has nothing to be ashamed of. In the 46 regular season games, he recorded solid statistics when he finished with an average of 2.13 goals per game and a hit rate of 93%. In the playoffs, he picked up eight games, averaging 2 goals per game, with 93 percent success.