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Regehr willing 'n' able

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

Robyn Regehr hadn't received a call as of last night but had no doubt what his answer would be if the telephone rang.

Regehr, the Calgary Flames defenceman who was part of Canada's World Cup championship team in September, yesterday said he'd willingly accept an invitation to play at the world hockey championships, April 30 to May 15 in Austria.

"If they ask me, I'd say yes and look forward to it," he said.

Team Canada GM Steve Tambellini said Jarome Iginla, who was part of Canada's entry at the 2002 Olympics as well as the World Cup, will be contacted but wasn't sure if the Calgary captain would accept.

"Jarome has been a huge part of what we've accomplished, not only at the World Cup last year but going back to being basically a walk-on for the Salt Lake City team, when he took part in the training camp and drove down from Edmonton early in the morning to get on the ice," Tambellini said. "Absolutely, we're going to touch base with Jarome."

Iginla hasn't played during the lockout.

Regehr, who said he didn't know if Iginla would go, hasn't played in league action since the lockout began, either.

He took time off immediately after the World Cup, so there will be some rust to knock off before he could suit up at that level.

"With the World Stars tour and some hockey with my dad's team, the Rosthern Old-timers, I have been playing some pretty high quality hockey," he said, laughing.

"A camp would be a very good idea. I could use a little bit of ice, that's for sure."

Regehr will be part of the Ryan Smyth and Friends charity tour that starts today in Red Deer before moving through Moose Jaw, Regina and Winnipeg.

There has been speculation locked-out NHLers who haven't been playing wouldn't be as enticed to participate without the involvement of Wayne Gretzky at the administration level or Pat Quinn as head coach. But Regehr said that wouldn't sway his decision either way.

In fact, Regehr was thrilled about the news Marc Habscheid was named head coach.

"Marc coached me two years in Kamloops," Regehr said. "Marc is a very good coach and a very capable guy. I don't think there's going to be any issues with that."


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