Robyn Regehr (Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Robyn Regehr will officially retire from the NHL Monday as a member of the Calgary Flames. Regehr, 35, last suited up in April 2015 with the Los Angeles Kings. Regehr played 11 seasons with the Flames and has played the second-most games in Calgary’s franchise history.
Former NHL defenseman Robyn Regehr played his final NHL game April 11 of last season, but hasn’t officially retired from the league. Monday, however, he will formally hang up his skates and he’ll do so as a member of the Calgary Flames.
The Flames have announced that Regehr, 35, will host a press conference Monday to “welcome Regehr back to the Calgary community and officially retire him from the NHL as a member of the Calgary Flames.” Regehr played 11 of his 15 seasons with the Flames before one full season with the Buffalo Sabres and a three-year stay with the Los Angeles Kings.
Regehr was a first-round pick, 19th overall, of the Avalanche in 1998, but didn’t play a single game with Colorado. He was dealt to the Flames prior to the 1999 season and made his NHL debut in during the 1999-00 season after recovering from two broken legs. Following his rookie season, he was nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey and, at 19, was the youngest nominee in the award’s history.
Over his 11 seasons with the Flames, Regehr became a fixture of the blueline and was a big part of Calgary’s run to the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. When he finally left Calgary as part of an off-season trade before the 2011-12 season, Regehr had played 826 games in a Flames jersey, which is the second-most of any player in franchise history. During his tenure in Calgary, Regehr racked up 29 goals and 163 points.
All of Regehr’s best seasons came as a Flame — he earned Norris votes in both 2005-06 and 2006-07, but never finished higher than 14th in voting — and his highest offensive totals came when he scored six goals and 26 points in 2005-06.
Once he left Calgary, Regehr’s role shifted to a second- and third-pairing blueliner, and he helped Los Angeles to a Stanley Cup in 2013-14. Regehr was also a part of Team Canada’s silver medal teams at the 1999 World Junior Championship and 2005 World Championship, and he won a gold with Canada at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Having played his final game, Regehr will retire with 36 goals and 199 points in 1,089 career games.