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Regehr's leadership strongest off ice

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

CALGARY — Robyn Regehr’s game is all about power.

The Calgary Flames defenceman can use brute force to influence the outcome of a NHL contest.

Still, Regehr was caught off-guard to hear he’s listed as No. 23 on The Hockey News list of the Top 100 people of power and influence.

Not that being looked at as a person of power has been a major goal of his.

“When I was playing street hockey in Rosthern, dreaming about playing in the NHL, never at one point did it cross my mind I wanted to be on that list,” Regehr said. “I wanted to score goals. I haven’t been able to do that in a long time. That’s the list I want to get on.”

He headed into Friday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues with a 127-game goal-scoring drought.

However, Regehr is certainly among the NHL power brokers.

The blueliner, who was rated 74th on last year’s list, is considered the “elder statesman of the NHLPA’s executive committee” and whose opinion is regarded highly by younger player reps.

Regehr is also noted because he’s “not shy about challenging people and he can’t be politically intimidated.”

Regehr, the Flames NHLPA rep, admits he has dived head-first into that role and become heavily involved in the union.

“I’ll never forget some of the lessons I learned from my mom and dad. My dad drilled it into our heads — if you’re going to do something, you’d better do it right, not do half the job or three-quarters of the job. Do it right,” Regehr said.

“As a player representative, if you want to do it correctly, it takes a lot of time. You’re on the phone a lot, conference calls are long — six to eight hours — and you’re gone to meetings twice in the summer, and no one likes to give up any time in the summer.

"But, in order to do things properly, you have to go there, meet people face-to-face, talk through issues and be aware of things. Also, you have to talk to teammates. It can be a big job.”

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tops the list, followed by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and then NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla is No. 63, down from 46th The list is wide-ranging and includes owners, players, media members, league management, NHLPA and agents.

While Regehr isn’t always front and centre in the media with NHLPA matters, he has a strong voice and is heavily involved.

He’s also happy to see his union is slowly and steadily coming out of the chaos stemming from the firing of executive director Paul Kelly last fall.

The NHLPA is currently searching for a new executive director and rewriting its constitution.

“I’m really excited now because we have a couple of things working on parallel tracks,” Regehr said.

The rebuilt constitution is a project he truly believes needs to be done after finding too many flaws in the rewritten work which came out of the Alan Eagleson days.

“It’s a major issue as to why we got into some of these problems,” Regehr said. “I can see why it happened. We got burned, and players were concerned, so we went there, but it ended up being a mistake we made. We’ll find something in the middle.”


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