Golden Knights’ Lehner won’t play for Sweden at Olympics

In this Friday, April 16, 2021, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner (90) skates during an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. Vegas (Ashley Landis/AP)

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner says he will not play for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics.

Lehner made the announcement on Twitter after his Golden Knights beat fellow Swedish goaltender Jacob Markstrom and the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Sunday night.

Lehner’s decision makes Markstrom the heavy favourite to be Sweden’s starting goaltender if NHLers go to the Olympics in Feburary.

The NHL has a Jan. 10 deadline to withdraw from the Olympics without financial penalty.

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