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Robyn Regehr
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Born April 19, 1980 (1980-04-19) (age 37)
Recife, Brazil
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Los Angeles Kings
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Played for Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Los Angeles Kings
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 19th overall, 1998
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1999–2015

Robyn Regehr (born on April 19, 1980) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was a first round draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, selected 19th overall at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, but was traded to Calgary while still playing junior hockey for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

Robyn was a member of the Canadian team at the 2006 Winter Olympics and has won silver medals at the World Junior and Senior championships as well as the championship at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

When he was 19 years old, he was the youngest nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in NHL history after he made his NHL debut less than four months after suffering two broken legs in a serious automobile accident.

He is best known for his strong defence and physical ability. His younger brother Richie briefly played with him on the Flames.

Playing careerEdit

Junior Playing CareerEdit

The Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL) selected Robyn with their first pick (17th overall) in the 1995 WHL Bantam Draft. He played as a 15-year-old with the Prince Albert Mintos of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League where he was named the team's top defenceman. Then he joined the Blazers for the 1996–97 WHL season.

Two years later, the Colorado Avalanche drafted Robyn in the first round (19th overall) at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He broke out following the draft, scoring 12 goals and 32 points in 1998–99, and helped the Blazers reach the WHL championship where they lost to the Calgary Hitmen.

Robyn was named a Western Conference All-Star by the WHL and a third-team All-Star by the Canadian Hockey League and represented Canada at the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, winning a silver medal.

On February 28, 1999, Robyn was traded to the Calgary Flames with Rene Corbet, Wade Belak and Colorado's second-round compensatory choice (Jarrett Stoll) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Theoren Fleury and Chris Dingman.

Impressed with his defensive potential, the Flames later chose Robyn to complete that trade His professional career nearly ended before it started.

On July 4, 1999, Robyn was seriously injured in an automobile accident near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He was driving home from a summer trip with his older brother Dinho & two female friends and was struck head-on by another vehicle that crossed into his path. Robyn suffered from two broken legs in the crash that killed two people in the other vehicle. Doctors initially feared that he would never play hockey again.

NHL CareerEdit

Following operations to repair the damage to Robyn's legs, doctors gained optimism, but they expected he would be unable to skate before the end of the year. Robyn far exceeded doctors' expectations and was skating by the beginning of September. Less than four months following the accident, he was back to playing hockey.

Robyn played a five game conditioning stint with the Saint John Flames of the American Hockey League in late October before being recalled by the Flames on October 28, 1999. That night, he made his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators and was praised by his coach, Brian Sutter for playing a mistake-free game. He scored his first NHL goal on November 10 against the San Jose Sharks.

Robyn played 57 games for the Flames in 1999–2000, scoring five goals and 12 points. He was the Flames nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

When he was 19 years old, Robyn was the youngest nominee in NHL history. The Flames also presented him with the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award in honour of his perseverance. He struggled in 2001–02, finishing with a team worst −24 plus/minus while occasionally being left out of the lineup as a healthy scratch.

Unhappy with his season, Robyn focused on improving his game. He overcame rib, abdominal and wrist injuries in 2002–03 to establish himself as a top defender with the team and earned a second Masterton Trophy nomination for his dedication.

The Flames rewarded Robyn with a five-year contract extension prior to the 2003–04 season. They also named him an alternate captain, a position he continuously held for the remainder of his stay in Calgary.

Not known for his offensive ability, Robyn ended a 100-game goal scoring drought early in the season, finishing with four for the season. He set a career high with 18 points and was a key player in the Flames improbable run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals facing top opposition players.

He played the final two games of the Stanley Cup Final despite tearing ligaments in his foot in game five.

Robyn's performance in the post season earned him the praise of his opponents.

While the 2004–05 season was cancelled due to a labour dispute, Robyn played in a European charity tour that saw NHL players form a "Worldstars" team that played ten games in seven countries in December of 2004.

While Robyn enjoyed the tour, he stated that he was not interested in joining the many other NHL players who signed on with European teams during the lockout.

Robyn was also critical of the position of the league in the lockout and took on a greater role within the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) when he succeeded Jarome Iginla as the Flames player representative following the lockout.

While the NHL returned to action in 2005–06, Robyn missed the first month of the season after suffering a knee injury in a pre-season game. Doctors considered him fortunate, believing that a knee brace he had been wearing prevented a more severe injury that would have seen him miss up to six months.

Despite missing 14 games, Robyn set career highs in goals (6), assists (20) and points (26).

Robyn continued to quietly lead the Flames defence and earned a spot on the Canadian Olympic team in 2006. He briefly played with his brother, Richie who made his NHL debut with the Flames on December 29, 2005.

Robyn played the full season in 2006–07, including his 500th career game on March 15, 2007 against the Dallas Stars and scored his 100th career point on March 31st against the Vancouver Canucks. However, he was again forced out of the lineup due to a knee injury after only one game in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Following the season, the Flames signed Robyn to another five-year contract extension worth a total of US$20-million. The deal was considered to be worth less than he could have gotten as an unrestricted free agent the following year, but he chose to take less to stay in a city his family enjoyed and on a team he felt was competitive.

Robyn played all 82 games for the Flames in 2007–08 despite being hit in the face by the puck in a game and suffering a deep bruise on his foot while blocking a shot that was initially feared to be a broken bone.

Off the ice, he was named to an NHLPA committee formed in 2007 to find a replacement for ousted Executive Director Ted Saskin. The union hired Paul Kelly in October of 2007, however he was controversially dismissed less than two years later. Robyn defended the firing, though he and all player representatives were criticized for how they handled Kelly's dismissal.

Another knee injury ended Robyn's 2008–09 season after 75 games and left him unavailable for the playoffs. He expressed his frustrations with coach Mike Keenan, who was fired by the team after failing to advance past the first round of the playoffs, criticizing Keenan's lack of structure and expressing optimism for the team's chances under a new coach.

After failing to score a goal in 2008–09 and the first half of the 2009–10 season, Robyn scored his first goal in 141 games on January 18, 2010, against the San Jose Sharks. He finished with 2 goals and 17 points that season and matched those totals in 2010–11.

Upon playing his 804th game late in the season, Robyn surpassed Al MacInnis as the team's all-time leader in games played by a defenceman.

On June 25, 2011 (after missing the playoffs in the previous two seasons & the need to clear salary cap to sign Alex Tanguay), Robyn was traded to the Buffalo Sabres with Ales Kotalik and Calgary's second-round choice (Jake McCabe) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Chris Butler and Paul Byron.

According to Flames' general manager Jay Feaster, the deal "surprised" Robyn who initially was unsure he would waive his no-trade clause and agree to the deal. He accepted the deal after speaking with Sabres' management.

In his first season with Buffalo, Robyn led the Sabres with 172 hits and finished second with 112 blocked shots. His one goal on the season ended another lengthy scoring drought that lasted nearly 11 months. Robyn's tenure with the Sabres ended 21 games into the 2012–13 season.

On April 1, 2013 (in the final year of his contract & with the Sabres out of playoff contention), he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Los Angeles' second-round choices in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft & 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The Kings acquired Robyn to add a veteran presence and aid the team's penalty kill. He appeared in 41 games during the season, split between the two teams, and recorded four assists.

Shortly after the Kings reached the third round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he and the team agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract extension. After the Kings were eliminated from the post-season by the Chicago Blackhawks, Kings' coach Darryl Sutter revealed that Robyn had played the entire playoffs with an elbow injury that required off-season surgery to repair.

In the 2013-14 NHL season, Robyn begun his 15th year in the NHL and played his 1,000th game on February 1, 2014, against the Philadelphia Flyers.

At the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Robyn only played the first round against the San Jose Sharks before being sidelined with a knee injury. Once the Kings won the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, captain Dustin Brown finished his victory lap by handing the Stanley Cup to him, thanking the veteran for his off-ice presence.

Following the last regular season game for the Kings and the last day of the 2014–2015 NHL regular season, Robyn announced that he would retire from professional hockey.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 Kamloops Blazers WHL 64 4 19 23 96 5 0 1 1 18
1997–98 Kamloops Blazers WHL 65 4 10 14 120 5 0 3 3 8
1998–99 Kamloops Blazers WHL 54 12 20 32 130 12 1 4 5 21
1999–00 Saint John Flames AHL 5 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Calgary Flames NHL 58 5 7 12 46
2000–01 Calgary Flames NHL 71 1 3 4 70
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 78 2 6 8 93
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 76 0 12 12 87
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 82 4 14 18 74 26 2 7 9 20
2004–05 DNP — Lockout
2005–06 Calgary Flames NHL 68 6 20 26 67 7 1 3 4 6
2006–07 Calgary Flames NHL 78 2 19 21 75 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 82 5 15 20 79 7 0 2 2 2
2008–09 Calgary Flames NHL 75 0 8 8 73
2009–10 Calgary Flames NHL 81 2 15 17 80
2010–11 Calgary Flames NHL 79 2 15 17 58
2011–12 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 1 4 5 56
2012–13 Buffalo Sabres NHL 29 0 2 2 21
2012–13 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 0 2 2 2 18 0 1 1 6
2013–14 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 3 11 14 46 8 0 2 2 7
2014–15 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 3 10 13 45
NHL totals 1,089 36 163 199 972 66 3 15 18 41

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
1999 Canada WJC 7 0 0 0 2 Silver medal
2000 Canada WC 6 0 0 0 2 Fourth place
2004 Canada WCH 6 0 0 0 6 Champions
2005 Canada WC 9 0 0 0 4 Silver medal
2006 Canada Oly 6 0 1 1 2 Seventh place
Senior int'l totals 27 0 1 1 16

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM Team result
1999 Canada WJC 7 0 0 0 2 Silver medal
2000 Canada WC 6 0 0 0 2 Fourth place
2004 Canada WCH 6 0 0 0 6 Champions
2005 Canada WC 9 0 0 0 4 Silver medal
2006 Canada Olympics 6 0 1 1 2 Seventh place
Senior int'l totals 27 0 1 1 16

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championship
Silver 2005 Austria Ice hockey
World Cup
Gold 2004 World Cup of Hockey Ice hockey
World Junior Championship
Silver 1999 Canada Ice hockey

Robyn joined the Canadian junior team for the 1999 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, playing all seven games for the silver medal winning Canadians.

He made his first appearance with the senior team following his rookie season in the NHL, playing six games in the 2000 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

His emergence in the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs earned him consideration for Canada's entry at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Robyn was named to the team by executive director Wayne Gretzky as he looked to bring a younger team to this tournament than played at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The decision worked as and the Canadians won the championship.

He played in his second world championship in 2005 where he won a silver medal after Canada lost the final to the Czech Republic 3–0.

The following year, Robyn was named to the Canadian Olympic team for the 2006 Winter Olympics.

He recorded one assist in six games even though Canada was unable to defend its 2002 gold medal, failing to medal entirely.

Robyn participated in team Canada's orientation camp for the 2010 Games in the hopes of earning a second opportunity to win an Olympic medal.

Personal LifeEdit

Robyn is the second son of Canadian Mennonite missionaries Ron and Edith Regehr. He has an older brother and a sister.

He only lived in Brazil for the first nine months of his life. From the ages of 3 to 7 years old, he resided in Indonesia where his younger brother, Richie was born. The family finally settled in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada by the time he turned 7 years old.

Robyn quickly picked up the game of hockey, but he was held back in his first year of minor hockey as he was starting the game three years behind other kids his age. He helped his father operate the natural surface ice rink in Rosthern, often spending hours manually preparing the ice.

In late 2007, Robyn married his wife Kristina. The couple has two sons. While in Calgary, they were active in the community, serving as honorary co-chairs of the Impact Foundation, an organization that aims to help kids deal with the challenges of growing up.

Robyn donated $75 to the organization for every body check he was credited with during the NHL season. He is also active with Right to Play, an athlete driven organization that aims to improve the lives of the worlds most impoverished children through sport.

Robyn made a trip to Mozambique in the summer of 2008 as an ambassador to the organization and has participated in charity events for the organization.

The Flames named him the inaugural recipient of the J. R. "Bud" McCaig Award in 2006 in honour of his contributions to society.

Robyn is an avid outdoorsman. His favorite winter activity is snowmobiling. He favors wakeboarding in the summer and has spent time teaching kids outdoor safety.

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