New Isles Goalie Robin Lehner Gets Help After Panic Attack


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New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner says an in-game panic attack this past season while with the Buffalo Sabres helped lead him to sobriety.

In a first-person account written for The Athletic, the veteran goaltender says he experienced a panic attack during a March 29 start against the Detroit Red Wings.

“When zero finally hit (at the end of the second period), I walked back and sat in the trainer’s room,” Lehner said. “I could barely get my gear off. I broke down. I was having a major, full-blown panic attack. I thought I was suffering a heart attack. I had no idea what was happening. I could not go back on the ice.”

Lehner says that after the intermission he was sent home, but on the way he stopped to buy beer, and after a night of drinking he told his wife, “I have to go away.”…click here to continue reading