The 2018-19 NHL season was a big one for Robin Lehner, both on and off the ice.
The netminder won a career-high 25 games and captured the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, but he also celebrated the one-year anniversary of his sobriety and became a voice for hockey fans living with a mental illness.
Lehner explained the #SameHere message that he included on his new mask in a tweet and it’s something that everyone should read.
“#SameHere is an expression which means: I’ve faced challenges in life too. Those challenges have affected my mental health. It’s a sign that we hope will unite the world to once and for all, normalize how universal this topic is.”
Last year, Lehner opened up about his struggle to combat his bipolar disorder, depression, and an alcohol dependency, which eventually led to the design he now rocks on his mask.
As Lehner proved over the last year, no task is too daunting to overcome.