You can take the man out of the Island, but you can’t take the Island out of the man.
Even though Robin Lehner is a member of the Vegas Golden Knights, he still has a special place in his heart for the New York Islanders. Don’t believe it? All you have to do is look at his tweet prior to the Islanders do or die Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Lehner’s Golden Knights had been eliminated from the postseason by the Dallas Stars on Monday, so the Vegas goaltender threw his weight behind the Islanders.
Well this still sucks.. The comments are entertaining tho 😂 Going to be nice to see the family again in a few hours and to hear some YES YES YES on the tv later. The island for the W tonight. Now time for a break. I’ll check back in whenever we start up again. Stay safe
— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) September 15, 2020
And the message didn’t go unnoticed by Lehner’s former teammates.
“We loved Lehny when he was here and he was a big part of that team last year,” Devon Toews said. “I think it just shows the community that we have in our locker room and our organization. Even if you leave you create life long friendships. We wish Lehny all the best and we miss him and we appreciate his support.”
Robin Lehner was a member of the Islanders organization for one season, but made a lasting impact on the team and fan base. Along with Thomas Greiss, Lehner was part of a tandem that took home the Jennings Trophy in 2019 and his candor about his battle with mental illness and addiction earned the respect of the fans right off the bat.
The 29-year-old netminder went 23-13-5 for the Islanders during his one season with the team and held a .930 save percentage. Robin Lehner started the 2019-20 season with Chicago before being dealt to Vegas in February.