Asked about today\'s big showdown at Valley Ridge, Robyn Regehr was quick with a prognostication. \"I predict in the most important match the Flames are going to whip \'em,\" beamed the Flames defenceman.
\"In the \'other\' match, well, I haven\'t seen Jarome play much this summer but I think Mike Weir will carry him. That\'s a big man for Weir to have to carry on his shoulders.\"
While the focus will undoubtedly be on the main event featuring Mike Weir and Jarome Iginla against Ian Leggatt and host Wayne Gretzky, an age-old rivalry will be rekindled shortly thereafter between the Oilers and Flames.
Regehr will team up with Lanny McDonald, Rhett Warrener and Jim Peplinski this afternoon to face Craig Simpson, Ryan Smyth, Jason Smith and Glen Sather for bragging rights currently held by the Flames.
Last year, McDonald played the hero by winning a playoff that saw him beat Simpson in a chip-off at Edmonton\'s Northern Bear track.
This year, the Oilers are hoping to steal a win in Calgary, led by the big-hitting Simpson who was on a team that won yesterday\'s pro-am low gross.
\"Eighteen thousand at the Saddledome doesn\'t mean much but 2,000 down the fairway does,\" joked the Sportsnet broadcaster, trying his best to rattle Regehr the rookie. \"Can he play under pressure? You\'ve got to calm your nerves.\"
Regehr knows that won\'t be easy.
\"I\'ll be white-knuckling the ol\' clubs,\" laughed the big-hitting blueliner. \"I\'ll try not to skull one into the crowd.\"
Despite the fact Smith spends the off-season at his Calgary home at Heritage Pointe, the Oilers defenceman suggests he won\'t be the one to lead his club.
\"Don\'t expect anything special,\" laughed the gap-toothed Calgarian.
\"I\'ll have to spend some extra time on the range.\"
The HSBC Shootout begins at 2:30 p.m. and starts on hole 15.