Robin Lehner of the Vegas Golden Knights accuses NHL groups of medical malpractice
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner charged NHL teams with medical malpractice, including offering benzodiazepines and Ambien to players without a prescription.
Lehner made the allegations on Twitter on Saturday to draw attention to the stalemate in the operation between his former teammate Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabers, he told ESPN.
The Swedish goalkeeper threatened to publish a story every day unless things were “made right”.
“I made an incredible number of mistakes,” Lehner wrote on Twitter. “But lying about what I’ve seen for 12 years isn’t one of them. I don’t care what they say, I don’t lie about these things. … I will continue. Saved stories for a year. Now see when nhl tries to cancel me. “
Lehner, 30, claimed that the players were regularly given benzodiazepines and Ambien for travel and that “many teams simply hand it out without a prescription”. The goalkeeper said the Golden Knights were not on those teams but implied that he was on teams that engaged in these practices.
Lehner has spent time with the Ottawa Senators, Sabers, New York Islanders, and Chicago Blackhawks throughout his career before joining the Golden Knights in the 2019-20 season.
Is it common in workplaces to give benzodiazepines to employees when they are traveling and in the local area? Shouldn’t that be done by doctors or psychiatrists? Asking a friend 👀 that doesn’t happen in Vegas, to be clear. But I know a lot of other teams. I’ve also been on teams that do that?
– Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) October 3, 2021
Lehner told ESPN that he was unsure that no more people were “talking about what’s going on with Jack and standing up for him”. Lehner said he wished more players would speak out for Eichel.
Lehner and Eichel were teammates in Buffalo for three seasons from 2015 to 2018.
The 24-year-old Eichel has been falling out with a herniated disc in his neck since March. After Eichel argued with team management about the correct treatment of the injury, he applied for a swap and was stripped of his captaincy.
The Sabers prefer that Eichel receive fusion surgery that would have him back on the ice in six months. Eichel’s doctors have suggested spinal disc replacement surgery that would put him on hold for six weeks and put a much lower risk of having the center operated on later in life. Disc replacement surgery has never been performed on an NHL player.
Under the rules of the NHL collective agreement, teams have the final say in treating injuries. Eichel will start the 2021-22 season as a reserve for injured people and is now at risk of missing a place on the squad for Team USA at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Lehner, one of the NHL’s most vocal advocates of mental health, said it was unfair that Eichel’s situation had dragged on for so long and felt he had to take matters into his own hands.
On Friday, Lehner tweeted his frustration with the “silence” of the players’ association.