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Regehr can handle the axe

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

On a day when nearly everyone who walked into an electronics store carried out the newly released Guitar Hero III video game kit, the Calgary Flames were also enjoying a little rest and recreation.

With no matchup slated until tomorrow night when the Nashville Predators come to town, the Flames enjoyed a full day off yesterday.

Surprisingly, defenceman Robyn Regehr -- one of the first to get hooked on the Guitar Hero series -- wasn't planning to get in line for the newest of the series.

"What I'm probably going to wait for is a new game coming out called Rock Band, which is going to be singer, guitar player and even a drummer," said Regehr of the spinoff expected to be out before Christmas. "That's even more complicated, but I've tried to teach myself the drums over the past couple of years, so I'm going to go for the Rock Band game instead of Guitar Hero."

Not that he and his wife Kristina haven't had some good times with the mock guitar rock game.

"When it first came out, I got hooked on it," said Regehr. "Had a lot of fun. My wife bought it for me, and we started playing it. The next thing you know, we're playing each other. People coming over, we're playing them."

Anyone who has played it knows how addictive it can be, largely because of the obvious improvement with each failed attempt eventually turning into success met by roaring crowd approval both from the game's simulated concert-goers and whoever may be in the room watching your best moves on the plastic axe.

He hooked one of his good friends from Saskatoon on the game, as well as many of his teammates.

"I brought the game to our Halloween party last year and set it up downstairs at Dion's (Phaneuf) house. First of all, the guys all thought it was stupid. Just like anyone else who watches someone play it for the first time, you don't think it's that great," said Regehr.

"Midway through the evening, the guys started playing it, and they enjoyed it. So they played more and more. By the end of the night, you couldn't get on the game anymore because guys wanted to play the whole time.

"It was kind of a double-edged sword because most of the wives were upstairs and not happy all of us were downstairs playing Guitar Hero."




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