Robyn Regehr's name first became familiar to Buffalo Sabres' fans in the summer of 1998. The team has just hired Darcy Regier as its general manager. Fans asked the obvious question then: Would Regier draft Regehr?
No, he didn't. But the fate of the two men eventually became intertwined.
Regehr was born in Brazil to missionary parents. Then it was on to Indonesia before the family finally returned to Saskatchewan when Robyn was 7.
It took a little time for Regehr to pick up hockey, but once he did, he was pretty good at it. In fact, Colorado selected him with its first-round choice, 19th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft. The Avalanche later traded him to Calgary.
Regehr was in an auto accident in 1999, and doctors wondered if he would ever play hockey again. He was in the NHL before the year was out, and the Flames nominated him for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
Regehr stayed with Calgary until the summer of 2011. The Flames were having trouble with the salary cap, and they asked the defenseman to waive a no-trade clause. After meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula, Regehr did so and came to Buffalo in a deal involving Chris Butler.
-- Budd Bailey
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