Hectic travel day gets Regehr into Calgary
by Mike Board
Richie Regehr is not likely to forget Tuesday any time soon.
In the morning, he was in Omaha, skating with the Calgary Flames top affiliate, the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, preparing to play two games in Houston beginning on Thursday. Pulled off the ice during practice, he was told he was headed for Calgary and it was time to pack.
By mid-afternoon the defenceman was in an airport, winging his way to Chicago. Transferring in Chicago, he then headed towards Calgary. By 6:20 he had landed in Calgary, just about the time his teammates were taking to the ice at the Pengrowth Saddledome for warm-up and a 7 p.m. start against Carolina.
He wasn't listed in the media notes. He wasn't supposed to be in Calgary. But when Rhett Warrener was not able to take the morning skate, the Flames called for back-up.
Regehr gladly made the trek from Omaha, cleared customs in the Calgary airport, hauled his hockey bag and hastily-packed personal belongings to a waiting car and raced to the 'Dome ready to lace up his skates, throw on a jersey and face the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ultimately, though, Regehr didn't dress as Warrener took the pre-game skate and declared his hip ready for action.
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With Warrener playing, Regehr was able to catch his breathe, at least for a little while. He jumped right back on a plane on Wednesday morning as the Flames headed to Minnesota to face the Wild.
Regehr, 23, is the younger brother of Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr and the two made some Flames history last December when they played together in a National Hockey League game.
Regehr, now in his third pro season, has five goals, nine assists and leads the Knights with a plus 16 rating.
Heading to Minnesota isn't a bad thing for Regehr. He recorded his first NHL point, an assist on the game-winning goal, in a game Dec. 29, 2005 against the Wild. His only other NHL point, also an assist, came against the Wild a couple of weeks later.
"I was laughing about that on the way here. Maybe they just want me to play in Minnesota games," said Regehr, who played three games in three nights for Omaha on the weekend.
"We had a good start there. Then we kind of slumped a little but we are young and learning and getting back to where we want to be," said Regehr of the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.