Festivus Feats of Strength: Robyn Regehr
As far as Los Angeles’s exceptional defense has gone, enough credit has gone to those most deserving like Willie Mitchell, Slava Voynov and Drew Doughty just to name three. Another member of the Kings’ stacked defensive unit who has quietly earned his keep this season is veteran Robyn Regehr.
In this his first full season in Los Angeles, Regehr is making an impact so big that it has left his team to cope phenomenally with the off-season departure of Rob Scuderi in addition to the early-season injury of Matt Greene and the current sidelining of the aforementioned Willie Mitchell. Like the latter, Regehr may not be able to light up the scoreboard on a regular basis but given what he does bring to the table, having his name appear on the scoresheet is irrelevant.
At 6’3, 225 pounds, the 33-year-old blueliner has never been afraid to take advantage of his size.
In 37 games this season, Regehr has dished out 106 hits which trails only Dustin Brown on the Kings and sixth among NHL defensemen. He’s not even afraid to get down and block a crucial shot – even if it means garnering a little pain along the way. So far this season, Regehr has registered 44 blocked shots (0.84 per game), second behind Mitchell for the team lead.
Of course, while his offensive contributions aren’t as significant as, say, Doughty or Anze Kopitar, Regehr has helped out up front as well.
While he hasn’t scored a goal since the 2011-12 season when he was still a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Regehr has chipped in with six assists this season as is a +10, which ranks him second among Los Angeles defensemen and among the Top 20 overall.
Prior to his acquisition last season, there was a great deal of reluctance at the potential of Regehr joining the Kings. But it wasn’t anything against the veteran but instead about the Sabres apparently wanting Tyler Toffoli in return. That was a move I, nor much of the Kingdom, wanted to see. However, when the Kings acquired Regehr, it was for a pair of second-round picks and as a result, the trade turned out to be a win-win situation as the silver-and-black picked up a quality D-man without giving up very much.
We can say what we will about all the Kings this season. In addition to all the aforementioned, Dwight King, Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez have all been great examples of a collective team effort in Los Angeles thus far and Robyn Regehr fits the bill as well as anyone else who has donned the silver-and-black this season.
From Brazil to Indonesia, his childhood has taken him on a unique journey and his professional career has done the same to Robyn Regehr.
From being in a horrific car accident that all but surely ended his playing career to helping the Cinderella Calgary Flames to within a single game of their 15-year-old Stanley Cup dream to becoming one of the premier, albeit unsung, defensemen in the game today, Robyn Regehr has showcased his feats of strength and they are on full display this season as the Los Angeles Kings and their fans are certainly very thankful for the services of their veteran blueliner.