Regehr quiet Duck hunter

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- It seems next to impossible considering his massive frame but, somehow, Robyn Regehr has avoided the spotlight this season.

Well, until the 6-ft. 3-in., 230-plus pounder ground Teemu Selanne's head into the Saddledome end-glass Saturday.

The Calgary Flames rearguard -- and his many, more legal hits on the Mighty Ducks star -- is a big reason Selanne and the other two-thirds of Anaheim's top line have been virtually invisible in the Western Conference quarter-final series.

But with all the yarns about the emergence of rookie defenceman Dion Phaneuf, the addition of veteran Roman Hamrlik, Jordan Leopold's scoring saga and now the playoff performance of the little engine that could, Andrew Ference, Regehr has been buried despite career-bests in goals, points and average ice time in 2005-06.

"He's definitely had a good season," said Ference. "It's not like Robyn's disappointed not getting attention for his play.

"He lets his play do the talking. He's not really looking for accolades. He gets enough respect from his teammates and coaches and opponents to keep him happy."

Regehr has spent an awful lot of time against Selanne, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz in the first-round series. It's something he enjoys -- the challenge of trying to shut down the opposition's top scoring unit.

"It's a good challenge, not just for myself but also whoever's out there with us playing," said Regehr.

"It's a huge part of the game and I think it's something everyone should enjoy when you have that opportunity."

As for his regular-season accomplishments, they rank a distant second behind what's going on now.

"I think it was all right," said Regehr when asked about his year. "I guess what people first look at is point totals -- I had a career-high in points. It was nice for the regular season.

"I was also on the powerplay, the second unit of the powerplay, so the points should come when you're put in those situations."

There was a lot of hype about No. 28 two seasons ago when he established himself as an elite NHL defender and helped the Flames reach the Stanley Cup final.

He went on to become an international figure, too, earning a World Cup title with Team Canada in the fall of 2004 and silver the following spring at the world championships.

His participation at the Turin Olympics in Italy in February further cemented his status as a star.


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