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An NHL Player Reportedly Had To File For Bankruptcy

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It's not too common for a professional athlete to file for bankruptcy right in the middle of his playing career, but one active player has found himself in that unenviable position.

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According to SinBin.vegas, goaltender Robin Lehner of the Las Vegas Golden Knights has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with liabilities between $10 million and $50 million. Per the report, a big point of contention in the filing is Lehner's financial obligations in ownership of an exotic snake farm he purchased back in 2017.

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Lehner owns an exotic reptile farm in Missouri that has three employees. The filing shows that he has assets valued between $1-10 million.

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Lehner has played in the NHL for over a decade. He is not playing this season as he recovers from hip surgery.

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Born in Sweden, Robin Lehner played amateur hockey as a child and worked his way up the ranks until he was eligible for the NHL Draft. He went 46th overall in 2009 to the Ottawa Senators.

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Lehner played for the Senators until 2015, after which he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres and played for them until 2018. He then enjoyed one-year stints with the New York Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to Las Vegas in 2020.

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Lehner signed a four-year contract extension with Las Vegas before the 2020-21 season worth $25 million. He went 23-17-2 in the 2021-22 season with a .907 save rate and one shutout.