CALGARY - The Saddledome may be one of the oldest buildings in the NHL, but Robyn Regehr hardly notices.
The view isn’t bad from where he sits the majority of the time.
“At that Olympic orientation camp a few years ago, some of the players there said they couldn’t believe how nice our dressing room was,” said the Calgary Flames defenceman.
“The ownership group has done a great job putting money back into the facilities.
“There’s a couple NHL buildings at the bottom of the list. As for visitor dressing rooms, Edmonton is one of those.”
At some point, the Flames won’t have to suffer through the visits to Rexall Place in Edmonton.
That city has approved a deal to build a new arena for the Oilers, and the city of Calgary could soon follow with their own new arena plans.
Former Flames blueliner Rhett Warrener went through the move to a new rink while with the Florida Panthers, and he found both positives and negatives about the change.
In the old Miami Arena, the players shared the dressing room space with rats.
During Warrener’s rookie season, teammate Scott Mellanby killed one with a stick, prompting fans to throw plastic rats on the ice during a 1996 Stanley Cup final run.
If the Dome was closed and eventually destroyed, it would take away a lot of fond memories for Warrener, especially the electrifying 2004 final run with the Flames.
“A lot of people like the tradition of what they have already,” Warrener said. “I’m not sure everyone in town wants a new arena.”