CALGARY – Former Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr is being welcomed back to the Scotiabank Saddledome for his retirement.
Regehr played his first 11 seasons as a member of the Flames and served as alternate team captain for seven seasons. He represented Calgary while wearing Canada’s jersey at two World Championships (2000 and 2005), the World Cup of Hockey (2004) and the Olympic Winter Games (2006).
Regehr departed the Flames in 2010 but played four more seasons in the NHL with Buffalo and Los Angeles, finishing his career after playing 1090 career NHL games and capturing a Stanley Cup championship with the Kings in 2014.
The club hosted a press conference to welcome Regehr back to the community at the Saddledome on Monday.
President & CEO Ken King, President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, General Manager Brad Treliving and Assistant General Manager Craig Conroy attended the sendoff.
Conroy said Regehr was a “true leader” both in and out of the locker room.
“That’s what made him special,” Conroy added. “It wasn’t about getting the points, it was about winning and being part of the team and part of the community.
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“It’s really nice,” Regehr said at the conference. “Very fortunate to be able to tie up loose ends… after being gone for four seasons.”
“It’s just nice to have the jersey back on, even though it’s just for ceremonial purposes.”
“I’ve always felt part of Calgary and the Flames organization so it’s really nice to end it this way,” Regehr added.
The Flames will officially retire Regehr from the NHL as a member of the Calgary Flames during a special ceremony Monday night when the Flames host the San Jose Sharks.
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