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Robin Lehner
Born 24 July 1991 (1991-07-24) (age 30)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 240 lb (109 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

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 was selected by the Senators in the second round (46th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing Career[]

Early Playing Career[]

Robin began playing hockey relatively late at 10 years old. 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.

He 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).

Professional[]

Ottawa Senators

On March 29, 2010, Robin 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.

In 2010, following a successful season in Sault Ste. Marie, the Senators organization informed the team that Robin would not be returning, as he would begin his time with the Binghamton Senators for the 2010–11 season. He made his AHL debut on October 15, 2010.

The next day, Robin 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 the age of 19 years, two months and 24 days, Robin became the youngest Swedish goaltender to play in the NHL (breaking Jhonas Enroth's record of 21 years, four months and 13 days).

Robin won his first NHL start when Ottawa defeated the New York Islanders 6–4 on January 13, 2011.

On June 7, 2011, he was awarded the 2011 Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL's Calder Cup Most Valuable Player with the champion Binghamton Senators.

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

The 2013–14 season saw Robin begin the season in Ottawa for the first time after three years of tutelage in the AHL and observers began suggesting he may be a future franchise goaltender in the NHL.

On November 11, 2013, after posting a 3–0 record with a 1.33 goals against average (GAA) and .958 save percentage, Robin was named the NHL's First Star of the Week.

On July 31, 2014, he signed a three-year, $6.675 million contract extension with Ottawa.

Buffalo Sabres

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

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

New York Islanders

On July 3, 2018, Robin signed as a free agent to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the New York Islanders.

On October 8, 2018, he 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.

On April 6, 2019, he posted a 3–0 shutout over the Washington Capitals securing the William M. Jennings Trophy, which he shared with teammate Thomas Greiss.

On April 11, 2019, he recorded his first playoff win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On June 21, 2019, Robin 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.

Chicago Blackhawks

On July 1, 2019, Robin signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Career Statistics[]

Regular season and playoffs[]

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

International[]

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

International Play[]

Robin 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.

Accolades[]

Award Year
OHL
Goalie of the Week (22 November, 31 January) 2009–10
AHL
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy 2011
Calder Cup (Binghamton Senators) 2011
NHL
William M. Jennings Trophy 2019
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 2019
Sweden
Golden Puck Award 2019

Playing Style[]

Robin is a butterfly-style goalie who uses his large frame to his advantage. Despite his size, he remains quite mobile with good lateral movement.

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".

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.

Michael Lehner has done various forms of martial arts at an elite level and took his knowledge of movement over to goaltending. He has spent four seasons as the goaltending coach for Frölunda HC, Lundqvist's and Robin former team.

Personal Life[]

Robin and his wife, Donya (née Naini) have two children: a son and a daughter. Donya is of Persian descent.

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

Robin is a fan of melodic death metal and in particular Swedish band In Flames, which originate from his home town of Gothenburg. The band influenced the design on his mask.

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