Oops! NHL screws up Lehner’s Masterton Trophy


There are mistakes and then there are MISTAKES. Robin Lehner received his Masterton Trophy. Unfortunately, there was a big boo-boo by the NHL. Here is the Oops moment of the day.

I’m familiar with jersey fouls. But this right here is a trophy no no. Mixing up the Rangers for the Islanders is flat out disrespect no matter how you slice it. Especially when Lehner helped carry the Islanders to the second round of the playoffs.

He might not be a New York Islander anymore. But Lehner’s perseverance and dedication overcoming off ice issues were recognized at the NHL Awards in June. He also finished third for the Vezina.

It’s hard to believe Lehner’s Masterton Trophy says New York Rangers on it instead of New York Islanders. If you’re on the Long Island and Brooklyn side of the rivalry, you’re probably up in arms.

At least some fans have a good sense of humor about it. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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