Robin Lehner's candidness about his battle with bipolar disorder and substance abuse earned the Islanders goalie the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night. He was honored as part of the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
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Quite frankly, Barry Trotz of the New York Islanders winning the Jack Adams is a mere footnote to the NHL Award's biggest news, which was that “Good Burger” reunion on stage. But Trotz deservedly won the award, voted on by the Professional Hockey Broadcasters Association, for the most one of the most compelling stories of the season: Splitting with the Washington Capitals after winning the Cup, taking over the Islanders after John Tavares spurned them, and then leading them to a 103-point season. Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues were the other finalists. (Yes, we were deprived of a Jon Cooper speech after Kenan Thompson's quip about the Lightning setting a wins record in the regular season and then tying the winless record in the playoffs.) Here's how the broadcasters voted:
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In the NHL Awards' most predictable result, New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey. But it led to a touching speech. “I'm not ashamed to say I'm mentally ill. But that doesn't mean mentally weak,” he said, saying that it's time to “end the stigma” of mental illness. He thanked the staff of his treatment facility, as well as his team. “I want to thank the New York Islanders organization,” he said, “and for Barry Trotz for thinking about the human first.”
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