Euro trip

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Robyn Regehr will soon be packing his bags for Europe.

Rhett Warrener is going, too.

However, the Flames bruise brothers aren't jetting off to toil for a club across the pond.

The defencemen will be part of the IMG tour of Europe that will be announced today.

"This is a good opportunity to play some hockey," said Regehr, who hasn't been in game action since winning the World Cup of Hockey championship in mid-September. "Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the regular NHL season will be going, so you want to do something, play somewhere, and this will give me an opportunity."

Regehr and Warrener will be part of a collection of locked out NHL stars who'll square off against a variety of teams in Europe, both club and all-star squads.

The tour begins early next month and will last a couple of weeks.

Having laid low since the lockout began Sept. 15 and recovering from the World Cup that followed a lengthy playoff run, Regehr has begun preparing for the upcoming tour by skating with the University of Calgary men's team.

"My first time was (Tuesday) and that was my first time on the ice since the last game of the World Cup, so I was probably the worst player on the ice," he said with a laugh. "I had to promise the coaches I'd be better the next time.

"It felt OK to be out there again but it didn't feel natural."

Going to Europe to play would have been an option for the hulking rearguard but Regehr decided a long time ago not to take his skates overseas.

It's not an altruistic stance, just a personal decision after weighing his options.

"A lot of those jobs are taken already by the players over there," he said. "I really didn't look for a job over in Europe, I wasn't interested in playing over there for a variety of different reasons.

"I'm not exactly a European-type player," he deadpanned. "I've heard there's a lot of stickwork and stuff like that, so I'd probably just end up being very frustrated by playing in that style of game.

"It wouldn't help a player like myself, that plays the style I play. I think it would be more of a detriment to my game than it would help me."

As for weighing in on the lockout, Regehr prefers to avoid any debate.

"There's nothing good to be said of this situation," he explained. "Everyone that has tried to say something about it either hasn't come across well or hasn't done a good job, so I don't want to be involved in that either.

"I'm not saying anything."


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