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1Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:20 pm

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Nice job by HobieSens to find this article. :KKK:



http://www.iihf.com/channels10/iihf-world-championship-wc10/news/news-singleview-world-championship/article/regin-is-denmarks-gretzky.html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=4063&cHash=d4841b34b5



Denmark's Gretzky

Peter Regin is a role model in Denmark. It is hard to imagine Peter Regin having an impact like his childhood idol Wayne Gretzky but those days are upon us now. Regin worshipped Gretzky when he was growing up in Herning, Denmark. If you were to see his school pictures, you’d see Regin wearing a Los Angeles Kings cap, and the Kings were his most coveted hockey cards.

The thing is Regin didn’t have a homegrown star for his role model.

“I wanted to be like him. Gretzky was all we knew over there. We did not know anything else. I saw him on TV and collected hockey cards and that’s how I got to like him,’’ says Regin. Gretzky is one of the greatest players to ever play the coolest game in ice. The Great One has been retired for a decade and he’s a video clip for the current generation of young hockey players in Denmark.

That’s where Regin comes in.

After a handful of years of playing in Europe, Regin took his game to the NHL and plays for the Ottawa Senators. He had 13 goals and 29 points in the regular season and found himself on Ottawa’s top line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson in the playoffs.

Regin is the undisputed leader for Denmark at the IIHF World Championship. German coach Uwe Krupp thinks he is one of the best players in the 16-team tournament.

Regin is now the role model for young kids in Denmark.

“He had a good year in Ottawa this year and great playoffs and now all the kids at home were watching the NHL and they want to be like him,” said Jesper Damgaard. “It is more fun when they have a Danish guy they can look up to rather than a Swede. It means a lot to Danish hockey and now we have guys in the NHL, all the TVs and newspapers are covering more hockey.”

“That is what we want and what we need,” said Kim Lykkeshov. “Now the kids in Denmark can dream about being him.”

Regin doesn’t crave the spotlight. He’s quiet and unassuming, but lethal when he is on the ice.

“It is an honour (being a role model),” he said. “When we grew up, we had no NHL players and nobody was coming (along in Denmark’s development stream) so we had no one to look up to.

“I am proud of coming from a small country and taking the long road to make it. I think it is pretty neat to come from a country with 15 rinks or whatever we have.”

Regin’s road to the NHL started in his hometown and it took him to Sweden’s Elitserien for a season. Along the way, the Senators made him a third-round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft.

He started the 2008-09 in the American Hockey League and made his NHL debut in January 2009, and wound up playing 11 games.

He survived the cuts at training camp last September and turned in his first full NHL season.

“Obviously the difficult thing about playing in the NHL is the speed of the game. That is the biggest difference between the AHL and the NHL. It is a physical game and the mental part was different,” he said. “You have to be ready every night and it is a challenge. In the AHL, you play Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you have 5 days to practice. In the NHL it is every second day and that was different.

“The mental part, to refocus all the time, was the toughest part. And even though it is the NHL and you are excited about every game, it is tough to play 82 games.”

The Senators made the Stanley Cup playoffs and their first-round opponent was Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins advanced, winning the best-of-seven series 4-2.

Regin said whatever fatigue he had after playing 75 games was gone as soon as the playoffs started.

“When you make the playoffs, you get re-energized and you play like it is the first game of the year. It was unbelievable. You are skating around. In the morning skate before the first playoff game, I had so much energy. It was like I had not been on the ice all year.”

When Ottawa was eliminated, Regin was on a plane for the World Championship, and he is a big reason why Denmark has been one of the best surprise teams in the tournament.

“We have a chance to beat every team and if we play to our best and we have a little luck we can beat every team. And if we do not play well, we can lose to every team.”

Fellow NHLer Frans Nielsen, who plays for the New York Islanders, is thrilled that Regin opted to represent his country.

“He is very important. He is a complete player. He is a smart player and a great hockey mind.”

2Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:24 pm

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Very cool. What about the other 3 Danish NHL players though? None of the kids want to be them?


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3Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:27 pm

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Nice read. His skill was on display at the worlds too, nice goal here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlTmiBSrI5A

4Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:31 pm

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High praise for a guy who isn't even good enough to make it as a 2nd line Center.

5Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:31 pm

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:Very cool. What about the other 3 Danish NHL players though? None of the kids want to be them?

We should contact the Isles about Fran Neilsen. I doubt they let him go, but not only are they good friends, but Neilsen is Regin's idol. I wonder.... Thinking

If we think Regin's gonna be the guy, then Foligno for Neilsen? Although Neilsen is a "C" apparently and we have a million of those.

6Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:31 pm

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SeawaySensFan wrote:High praise for a guy who isn't even good enough to make it as a 2nd line Center.

What do you mean?

7Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:35 pm

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Bramlet07 wrote:Nice read. His skill was on display at the worlds too, nice goal here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlTmiBSrI5A

uhm. Jason, take a look, THATS how it's done....

8Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:40 pm

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SpezDispenser wrote:
Cap'n Clutch wrote:Very cool. What about the other 3 Danish NHL players though? None of the kids want to be them?

We should contact the Isles about Fran Neilsen. I doubt they let him go, but not only are they good friends, but Neilsen is Regin's idol. I wonder.... Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky 663118

If we think Regin's gonna be the guy, then Foligno for Neilsen? Although Neilsen is a "C" apparently and we have a million of those.

If we can fool them into taking Chris Kelly... Maybe. Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky 270956

9Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:41 pm

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Great article! I love Regin! Hopefully he can come into training camp next year and be even better. I look forward to having him on our team for many more years to come and to see him develop into an elite talent.

10Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 12:53 pm

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I was talking to a guy from Denmark who's been closely following Regin for the last 6 years and he was saying that this is far from a shock to them. They knew Regin was something special a long, long time ago - basically around the time Muckler drafted him in the 3rd round (I feel out of luck, but who knows).

He also said that he feels Regin has the most potential of all the Danish players, including Boedker.

11Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 1:06 pm

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SpezDispenser wrote:I was talking to a guy from Denmark who's been closely following Regin for the last 6 years and he was saying that this is far from a shock to them. They knew Regin was something special a long, long time ago - basically around the time Muckler drafted him in the 3rd round (I feel out of luck, but who knows).

He also said that he feels Regin has the most potential of all the Danish players, including Boedker.

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12Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 1:09 pm

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SeawaySensFan wrote:
SpezDispenser wrote:I was talking to a guy from Denmark who's been closely following Regin for the last 6 years and he was saying that this is far from a shock to them. They knew Regin was something special a long, long time ago - basically around the time Muckler drafted him in the 3rd round (I feel out of luck, but who knows).

He also said that he feels Regin has the most potential of all the Danish players, including Boedker.

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Laugh1 His words, not mine. It's possible, but Boedker is only 20, so Regin has a major head start. Actually, I'd be really surprised if Regin eclipsed Boedker's career, but I will say that Boedker appears to be a smaller version of Regin.

13Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 1:47 pm

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Amazing article.

Him and Karlsson are the future of this team, hands down

14Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 1:50 pm

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Kovalfie wrote:Amazing article.

Him and Karlsson are the future of this team, hands down

No love for Cowen, Weircioch and Lehner? I would say they make up a big part of that future as well.


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15Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky Empty Re: Peter Regin - Denmark's Gretzky on Wed May 12, 2010 1:56 pm

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Cap'n Clutch wrote:
Kovalfie wrote:Amazing article.

Him and Karlsson are the future of this team, hands down

No love for Cowen, Weircioch and Lehner? I would say they make up a big part of that future as well.

Uh...yeah, those 5 are the pillars.

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