Regehr misses tilt after bolting for child's birth

STEVE MCFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:26 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- It would take a monumental event to keep Robyn Regehr out of the first game of the regular season.

The birth of his first child qualifies.

The Calgary Flames defenceman left the team last night when wife Kristina went into labour back in Calgary.

That left a big hole on the back end, and meant an unexpected NHL debut for Adam Pardy, a rookie whose strong training camp forced the Flames to keep him around as the seventh defenceman.

The 28-year-old Regehr was strapping new laces onto his skates after the morning practice at GM Place, eager to get the new season underway.

Assuming all goes well, he could practice with the team today, and should be able to suit up tomorrow night in Calgary for the rematch with the Canucks at the Saddledome.

The alternate captain's letter was given to Todd Bertuzzi for the match.

Bertuzzi was making his third appearance in Vancouver as a member of the opposition after suiting up here twice as a member of the Anaheim Ducks last season.


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