It took Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr 15 NHL seasons before he got to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time in June. When the veteran got his day with the Cup this week, he chartered a jet to make sure as many people as possible got the opportunity to share the moment with him.
He first received the Cup on Monday before jetting to his adopted hometown of Calgary. Regehr was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round (No. 19) of the 1998 NHL Draft, but he spent his first 11 seasons playing with the Calgary Flames. Having laid down considerable roots in the city, Regehr brought the Cup to Calgary, where he enjoyed a series of private events with friends, including a party at a local bowling alley.
After the evening in Calgary, Regehr and the Cup boarded the jet again to spend Tuesday in his hometown of Rosthern, Saskatechewan. It was in the small farming town 40 miles north of Saskatoon that Regehr got a chance to share hockey's ultimate prize with the close-knit community that helped him get to the NHL.
The epicenter for the events on Tuesday was Rosthern Skating Rink, a 1,200-seat arena in a town of less than 1,700 people. The Cup arrived around 10 a.m. and spent close to two hours with organizers, coaches and players in the local minor hockey program. After that, locals lined up to meet Regehr and see the Cup for two more hours.
Regehr and the Cup eventually left to host a private event in the evening.
The Stanley Cup will remain in Saskatchewan at least one more day. Forward Dwight King will get his day with the Cup on Wednesday in his hometown of Meadow Lake, roughly 200 miles north of Rosthern.