Working man sent to minors

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:30 PM ET

There's no trip to Hawaii or Mexico awaiting Richie Regehr during the Olympic break.

Instead of rest and relaxation in the sun, the Calgary Flames defenceman is looking at an all-inclusive trip back to Omaha.

While the rest of the team disperses for what will be an 11-day break -- except, of course, those off to Italy for the Olympic Games -- Regehr received word last night he was being sent back to the minors.

"I don't mind it. I get to play hockey, get some more ice time," he said.

"There's stuff I have to work on, and I'll go back there and try to become a better player."

Regehr, who skated in his 14th NHL game last night against the St. Louis Blues, hasn't played the required amount of contests to make it mandatory he stay on the NHL roster during the break.

It will end Regehr's third NHL stint, one in which he's slowly growing more comfortable with the surroundings.

"I'm trying to be more confident out there," said the defenceman who has two assists.

"One thing I'm working on is shift lengths. I don't want to get caught out there but it would make it a little easier for the other d-men if I don't take such short shifts.

"I was a little nervous, so I was coming off as quickly as I could. I'm always nervous out there but I'm trying to be more confident. Hopefully, it shows in my play."

Last time Regehr was in the minors, he was chosen to replace Mark Giordano -- up with Calgary at the time -- during the AHL all-star festivities.

"I got in about 10 minutes before the skills competition and had to quickly get on my gear and get on the ice but it was a fun weekend," he said.

Probably the biggest drawback with Regehr being in the U.S. over the next couple of weeks will be the limited opportunity to watch how his brother fares at the Olympics.

Robyn Regehr will be representing Canada for the first time but Richie won't likely catch many games.

"I'll be checking on the Internet to see what's going on," he said.

"I wish I could watch it but I don't think the coverage on Canada's hockey team will be that heavy there."


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