Canadian defenseman Robyn Regehr, a sixteen-year veteran of the National Hockey League, has announced he will be retiring from the Los Angeles Kings following their disappointing season, just short of his 35th birthday.
Regehr, an oddity in the NHL history book as being the first Brazilian-born player (as his parents were Mennonite missionaries there at the time), was drafted 19th overall by Colorado in the 1998 NHL Draft, debuted for the Calgary Flames after being traded while in the juniors, remarkably starting his pro career less than four months after breaking his legs in a car accident. Known for his toughness and powerful shot on the blueline, Regehr played 11 seasons in Calgary, serving an additional one and a half seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, before spending the last two and a half years of his career with the Kings, with whom he won his first and only Stanley Cup in 2014.
Internationally, Regehr first played for the Canadian senior team at the 2000 World Championships, and his spectacular play in the Flames’ 2004 Stanley Cup run was a big reason for being named to both the 2004 World Cup team (which won gold), the 2005 World Championship team (which won silver) and 2006 Olympic team. However, the injuries that plagued him late in his NHL career were a big reason why he was left off future Canadian squads, the biggest upset being left off the 2010 Vancouver Olympic squad that brought home Gold.
As part of the 2004 World Cup roster, Regehr won his first IHLC as part of Canada’s undefeated tournament streak, winning again at the 2005 Worlds before finishing second to the Czechs. We wish Robyn and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!