The NHL reached out to Robin Lehner to set up an interview after the goalie made several accusations on social media, including that teams are giving players medication without a doctor’s consent, a spokesperson for the NHL has confirmed. league in The Associated Press.
In a series of tweets On Saturday, Lehner said he knew of “many” teams that give players sedatives and anxiolytics without a doctor’s prescription. He referred to the Philadelphia Flyers and coach Alain Vigneault and claimed to have proof of that.
In a statement Sunday, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher denied the allegation.
“The health and well-being of our players is our top priority, and all care provided to them comes from the health professionals on the team, not the coaching staff,” said Fletcher. “We have no reason to believe that any of our players received improper care.”
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on Sunday morning that the league intended to speak to Lehner about his tweets. The league had not initially planned to launch an independent investigation until the conversation with Lehner took place.
Lehner also accused the Buffalo Sabers of mishandling an ankle injury when he played for them. His comments appeared to be related to the standoff between Buffalo and now former captain Jack Eichel on how to treat a herniated disc.
The Sabers did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Lehner tweeted to the league and the Players’ Association that they knew how to reach him.
The 30-year-old Swede who plays for Vegas said the Golden Knights don’t give players these drugs without a doctor’s prescription. He hinted that he was ready to share more league information.