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BREAKING: NHL'er Files $10-$50M in Bankruptcy After Allegedly Stealing Animals

Published January 14, 2023 at 10:04
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Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner has been away from the game of hockey for quite some time now due to injuries, but recently his name has started trending again. Lehner has officially filed for bankruptcy due to owing between $10-$50 million for his.... exotic snake farm!? Yes, you heard that right.

The report was made by NHL breakers and you can take a look at it below:

Robin Lehner has filed for bankruptcy, as he owes between $10M-$50M in liability from his exotic snake farm in Missouri.

Lehner was first linked to snakes back in 2017 when he reportedly purchased a collection of exotic snakes for $1.2 million.


Renick agreed to sell his snakes, ball pythons and anacondas, to NHL goalie Robin Lehner in early 2017 for $1.2 million. Lehner would pay Renick in quarterly installments of $200,000 throughout the year. Lehner made one such payment in February 2017. –Article by Lucas Geisler of KMIZ in St. Louis, Missouri

The man mentioned, Ben Renick, was murdered in June 2017 by his wife Lynlee Renick who was subsequently found guilty of the charges and sentenced to 16 years in prison. According to KMIZ, following Renick's death, a lawsuit was filed against Lehner after he stopped making payments for the snakes.

At some point after Ben's death, Lehner said, the snakes «began breeding amongst one another in an unsupervised, uncontrolled manner.» That caused the collection of snakes to lose value, but Lehner's attorneys did not specify by how much.

Renick Reptiles then claimed that at some point, Lehner «stole a collection of anacondas [from] Renick Reptiles' place of business (as well as taking the collection of ball pythons that Lehner refused to pay for).» The lawsuit does not say how many snakes were allegedly taken.

Listed among the potentially interested parties in the bankruptcy filing include the Vegas Golden Knights, Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, the National Hockey League, Newport Sports Management, and a financial company called Sure Sports Lending.

The bankruptcy claims that Lehner's debts are «primarily based on business debts that were incurred to help obtain money for a business or investment.»

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