This past June, Robyn Regehr became the first Brazilian-born player to win the Stanley Cup. Of course, no one really said when he did win it - and that's mainly because there is much more to the veteran defenseman than where he was originally from.
In his first full season in Los Angeles, Robyn Regehr played in 79 games, scoring three goals, adding 11 assists and accumulating a +6 rating. But Regehr, who is 6' 3, 225, was not afraid to throw his weight around - literally.
While Dustin Brown characteristically leads the Kings in the hits department year after year, few realize who comes in second. This year, it was Regehr, who dished out 211 hits, averaging just 2.7 per night. The 34-year-old was also second in blocked shots (to Willie Mitchell's 128) with 96. Due to injury, however, Regehr was limited to just eight playoff games this past spring where he recorded two assists, nine blocked shots and 22 hits. Overall, not too bad.
Prior to him being dealt to Los Angeles at the 2013 Trade Deadline, there was plenty of speculation that Robyn Regehr was to be traded from Buffalo to the Kings. However, reluctance ran high when rumours swirled about the Sabres wanting Tyler Toffoli instead. Sure, Regehr was great but parting ways with a prime future asset like Toffoli? I don't think so. Nevertheless, Toffoli was not shipped to the Queen City for Regehr. Instead, GM Dean Lombardi parted ways with two draft picks in exchange for the veteran blueliner and while the Kings didn't win the Cup in 2013, they did in 2014 - and Regehr was an instrumental part of that.
Entering the final year of his contract, the former Kamloops Blazer will be looked upon to carry more of the defensive load now that Willie Mitchell has since left for Florida. But Regehr's role elevated this past season after the departure of Rob Scuderi and he handled that very well. Expect the same this coming season.
Looking back on 2013-14, it was a good year for Robyn Regehr - one that ended the way every player dreams it will. No. 44 deserves a large amount of gratitude for that.
Overall grade for Robyn Regehr: B