It’s not very common for a professional athlete to file for bankruptcy right in the middle of his playing career, but one active athlete has found himself in that unacceptable position.
According to cinbin.vegas, Las Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with liabilities of between $10 million and $50 million. According to the report, a major point of contention in the filing is Lehner’s financial obligations in his ownership of an exotic snake farm he purchased back in 2017.
Lehner owns an exotic reptile farm in Missouri with three employees. Filings reveal that he has a net worth of between $1-10 million.
Lehner has played in the NHL for over a decade. He is not playing this season as he is recovering from hip surgery.
Born in Sweden, Robin Lehner played amateur hockey as a child and worked his way through the ranks until he was eligible for the NHL Draft. He went 46th overall in 2009 to the Ottawa Senators.
Lehner played for the Senators until 2015, after which he was traded to the Buffalo Sabers and played for them until 2018. He enjoyed one-year stints with the New York Islanders and the Chicago Blackhawks before being traded to Las Vegas in 2020.
Lehner signed a four-year contract extension with Las Vegas ahead of 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.