Regin goes with lucky No. 13

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Peter Regin obviously isn't the superstitious type.

As the Senators prepare to open training camp Sept. 17 at Scotiabank Place, the Danish forward has made one big change over the summer -- he's decided to ditch the No. 43 sweater he wore last season.

Instead, when he gets to camp in two weeks, Regin will be wearing the No. 13 on his back.

Of course, not everyone would be so eager to be associated with a digit widely considered to be unlucky. But Regin has worn the number in the past and actually wanted to wear it last season.

"I asked last year, a month into the season, if I could switch to it and they told me that it was too late and I could have it (this year) if I stayed here," Regin said following a skate with some teammates Thursday.

Regin will become only the sixth player to wear No. 13 since the modern Senators joined the league in 1992-93. Winger Petr Schastlivy was the last Senator to wear the number, in 2001-02.

Jamie Baker had No. 13 in the inaugural season, and Evgeny Davydov, Ted Drury and Vaclav Prospal all had their turns with it in Ottawa.

"In Europe, No. 13 is actually a lucky number," Regin said with a smile. "There are a lot of players in Europe who wear No. 13, especially the Russian players. Mats Sundin used to wear it (in Toronto). There's lots of Swedish players as well."

Erik eyes power play

D Erik Karlsson is back in Ottawa to prepare for his second season with the Senators after spending the past three months in Sweden. He is hoping to see time on the power play this season with newly acquired blueliner Sergei Gonchar. "He's an offensive player and that's going to change up the blue line a bit, I think," said Karlsson, who suited up for Sweden at the world championship in Germany in May before taking a summer break. "He's going to fit in well on this team. He's a good player and he has been for a while in this league. If that happens (playing on the power play together), I'm not going to complain."

Cowen feeling good

D Jared Cowen, the Senators' first-round pick in 2009 who expects to push for a spot in training camp, is in Ottawa to prepare for the NHL rookie camp that will begin next weekend in London, Ont. He said he is fully recovered from a bout of mono that kept him from taking part in on-ice drills at last month's world junior camp in Newfoundland.


Videos

Photos