On Friday, June 14 former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regher earned the right to have his name engraved on Lord Stanley’s Cup for the first time in his 14 season NHL career, as the Los Angeles Kings clinched the prestigious trophy with a 3-2 double overtime victory over the New York Rangers in game five of the Stanley Cup Final.
The Kings acquired Regehr from the Sabres on April 1, 2013 in exchange for two second-round draft picks. The 34-year-old rugged defenseman played 105 games with the Sabres over the course of two seasons from 2011 to 2013, tallying one goal and six assists for seven points to go along with a minus-16 rating and 77 penalty minutes.
Since joining the Los Angeles Kings near the end of the 2012-2013 season, Regehr has played 91 games with the team, scoring three goals and adding 13 assists for 16 total points. He has also recorded a plus-6 rating and 48 penalty minutes in those 91 games.
Regehr has also played in 26 playoff games with the Kings, including eight in this year’s playoffs before suffering a knee injury in game one in their second round series against the Anaheim Ducks, which kept him out the remainder of the playoffs. He had two assists, seven penalty minutes, and an even plus-minus rating before the injury.
Despite missing the last 18 of the Kings 26 playoff games this year en route to winning the Stanley Cup, Regehr will still have his name engraved on the Cup having played in 79 regular season games.
NHL rules state to be eligible to have your name included on the Cup, you must have played in at least 41 regular season games or one game in the Stanley Cup Final. Besides eligible players, the names of coaches, management and staff members of the winning team are also engraved on the Cup. The team is allowed to petition to have players that do not meet eligibility requirements included in the engraving at the discretion of the NHL. Each winning team has a 52 name limit to include in the engraving.
Robyn Regehr had previously reached the Stanley Cup Final as a member of the Calgary Flames in 2004, playing in 26 playoff games and recording two goals and seven assists for nine points, to go along with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-7 rating. However, the Flames lost the Cup Final in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Interestingly enough, current New York Rangers forwards Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis were both part of that Championship Lightning team. This time 10 years later, however, Regehr would come out as Stanley Cup Champion.