L.A. Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr says he’s ready to retire

Los Angeles Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr says he’s ready to hang up the skates after 15 seasons in the NHL.

Veteran Los Angeles Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr says he’s ready to call it quits after 15 seasons in the NHL.

Regehr told reporters after the Kings’ last game of the season on Saturday that he intends to hang up his skates, just one week before his 35th birthday.

Regehr won a Stanley Cup with the Kings last year and came within two wins of another Cup in 2003-04 as a member of the Calgary Flames.

Originally drafted in the first round (19th overall) by Colorado, Regehr played 11 seasons in Calgary before he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres in the summer of 2011. Regehr played a season-and-a-half in Buffalo before he was dealt to the Kings ahead of the trade deadline in 2013.

Regehr appeared in 1,089 career games, collecting 36 goals, 199 points, and plus-30 rating and 972 penalty minutes.

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The 6-foot-3, 222-pound defender was born in Brazil but grew up mostly in Canada. He played for Canada at the 2006 Olympics and two world Championships.

Regehr scored three goals and 13 points in 67 games this season, with a plus-10 rating and 45 penalty minutes.

The Kings relied on Regehr to play big minutes down the stretch this year. He played 20:19 per game this season, behind only top-pairing defenders Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin. He was also second only to Doughty in shorthanded time on ice per game at 2:35.

Regehr made $3 million this season and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Needless to say, Regehr will go down as the greatest Brazillian-born NHLer of all-time.