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The Daily: Ex-Pittsburgh Penguins Player Supports Lehner’s Accusations



Tom Sestito agrees that NHL players are improperly being given too many drugs. Photo by Michael Miller

Former Pittsburgh Penguins player Tom Sestito used Twitter to support Robin Lehner’s claim that some NHL teams are improperly dishing drugs to players.

Tough guy Sestito played 154 NHL games. His teams: the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins. He went out of his way to exonerate the Penguins. Sestito credited the Penguins doctors for “cleaning” him up.

Lehner is an NHL whistle blower. Firstly, he accused teams of dispensing benzodiazepines and Ambien to players without proper prescriptions.

Secondly, he talked to the NHL and NHL Players and provided specifics about his accusations. Now everyone is waiting to see if other players, or, more likely, former players willing to speak about the issue. Lehner showed fortitude by going public, considering is an active player.

The Pittsburgh Hockey Now story offers more detail about Sesito’s time with the Penguins.  The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Sestito, who played junior for the Plymouth Whalers, only played 17 games with the Penguins. But he spent three seasons with the organization. But most of his playing time was with their minor- league affiliate Wilkes-Barre-Scranton.

Most of his NHL games (103) were spent with the Vancouver Canucks.

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