LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Robin Lehner #90 of the Vegas Golden Knights tends net during the second period of a game against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena on April 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Instigator |Episode 53

Lehner Speaks Out

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Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner sparked discussion and controversy last week when he spoke out against the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols and overall approach to mental health during the pandemic.

Lehner sat at the press conference table inside the Vegas practice facility and delivered an emotional message, claiming that the NHL promised players a more relaxed version of the current protocols once players were vaccinated. He said that even though the majority of Golden Knights players have received their shots, the league hasn’t followed through.

“To be promised something’s going to change, to take a vaccine,” Lehner said. “Where some people, some players were even on the verge of taking it, and I was one of them. I wasn’t sure, but I took it for my mental health. When we did it, now they said it’s not happening. I think that’s wrong.”

The Athletic – Jesse Granger