After 15 seasons, defenseman Robyn Regehr has announced his retirement from the NHL. Regehr, who is just five days shy of his 35th birthday, played nearly 1,100 games split between the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings. He was drafted in the first round of the 1998 draft by the Avalanche, but never played a game for Colorado.
After a 15-year NHL career, blueliner Robyn Regehr has decided it’s time for him to hang up his skates.
With the Los Angeles Kings’ season ending and Regehr, 34, having suited up for nearly 1,100 regular season contests, he has decided to walk away from the game. Rumblings had surfaced following the Kings’ 4-1 victory Saturday over the San Jose Sharks that it would be Regehr’s final outing in the league, but it was made all the more official Monday evening when Los Angeles announced that it was indeed Regehr’s final game.
In the 4-1 victory, Regehr skated 21:54, had two shots on goal and registered two penalty minutes. Always a reliable hard-nosed defender, the stat line seems fitting for Regehr’s final game.
Regehr was drafted in the first round, 19th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in 1998. However, he would never suit up for a single game with the Avalanche, being dealt to the Calgary Flames in February 1999 in a package that included Theoren Fleury and Chris Dingman heading from Alberta to Denver. Regehr would begin his NHL career the very next season.
For the next 11 seasons, Regehr patrolled the Flames’ blueline, suiting up for 826 contests in Calgary and notching 29 goals and 163 points over that time. During his tenure in Calgary, he was part of the Flames’ incredible run to the Stanley Cup final in 2003-04, scoring two goals and nine points in 26 games as Calgary fell a mere game short of winning the Stanley Cup.
Regehr would get his shot at Stanley Cup redemption a decade later, however, as a member of the Kings. Though he was injured for much of the post-season, Regehr did suit up for eight games during Los Angeles’ run to the Stanley Cup last season in the first two rounds. He was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Kings went on to win the Stanley Cup in five games over the New York Rangers.
The best season, at least offensively, of Regehr’s career came in 2005-06 as a member of the Flames. Playing in just 68 games that season, the then-25-year-old Regehr scored six goals and 26 points, setting career-bests in every offensive category while averaging the highest ice time of his career. That season, Regehr received the highest vote total of his career for the Norris Trophy, but it was only good enough for a 14th place finish.
In total, Regehr represented Canada on the world stage five times, including the 1998-99 World Junior Championship, two World Championships, the 2004-05 World Cup of Hockey and the 2005-06 Olympics.
Regehr finishes his career with 1,089 games played, 36 goals and 199 points. In addition, he played 67 post-season games, adding three goals and 18 points. His Stanley Cup victory with the Kings in 2013-14 was the first, and only, of his career.