New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner was awarded the 2019 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The winner was selected from a poll among members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
The Gothenburg, Sweden native is the third player in Islanders history to win the award. Former captain Ed Westfall was awarded the Masterton Award at the completion of the 1976-77 season and goalie Mark Fitzpatrick won for the 1991-92 season.
Lehner won 25 games this year, the most he's won in a season, and posted a 2.13 GAA, .930 SV%, with six shutouts. His .930 SV% was an Islanders single-season record. Lehner was named the NHL's second star of the month for January this past regular season.
Video: Robin Lehner awarded the Masterton Trophy
Lehner and Thomas Greiss, won the William Jennings Trophy for the Islanders, having allowed the fewest goals in the NHL (196). The last time the Islanders won the Jennings Trophy was 1983 (Billy Smith and Roland Melanson). Greiss won 23 games, also had six shutouts while posting a career high .927 SV% and a 2.28 GAA. Both goalies were named NHL first stars of the week; Lehner, for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 20 and Greiss for the period ending Sunday, March 17.
Prior to joining the Islanders, Lehner spent three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres and five seasons with the Ottawa Senators, the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2009 NHL draft.
Video: NHL Awards: Robin Lehner Wins Masterton Trophy