Peter Regin was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the third round (87th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. At the time, he was playing for the Herning Blue Fox in the Oddset Ligaen (Danish Elite League) where he captured rookie of the year. Prior to the 2005-06 season, Regin joined Timra IK of the Swedish Elitserien league where he played for three seasons. In 2008, he signed an NHL entry-level contract with the Senators and was assigned to Binghamton in the AHL where he registered 47 points in 55 games. He has spent the entire season with Ottawa and has five points in his last five games.
“Back in Denmark there was only one league to play in,” said Ottawa Senators forward Peter Regin of his early years in hockey.” “I played for my hometown team—the Herning Blue Fox. I always looked forward to playing in the Danish Championship at the end of the season during that time. It was the best six teams in the country and those were great memories. I remember travelling a lot for hockey as a kid.”
When Regin joined Timra IK of the Swedish Elite League, it was far from the first time he had played hockey in that country. “When I was 10 years old we went and played a tournament in Sweden,” said Regin. “I would also go there every year for a hockey school every summer which was a lot of fun.” Always active, Regin kept busy like most kids by playing different sports and by getting outside as much as possible. “As a kid I didn’t have a lot of free time because I played on a team with kids two years older than me and I had practice almost every day,” said Regin. “In the summer though, I played soccer and tennis when I was young and golf when I got a bit older.”
One of only 17 Danes to ever play in the NHL, Regin’s focus on playing professional hockey never wavered. “I never really thought about what I would be doing if I wasn’t a hockey player. It would be good to have an answer for that, but I don’t know,” admitted Regin. “Ever since I was 15 I wanted to be a pro hockey player. I didn’t think I would make it here, I mean, it was my dream but it’s a long shot for a Danish kid. I thought maybe I could make it as a pro in Sweden or Europe, but I’m happy I’ve taken it this far.”
Regin made his NHL debut last season and the memory is still vivid for the 23 year-old rookie. “My first NHL shift was last year and it was at home game against Washington,” said Regin. “I was in the starting lineup and I remember exactly who I started with--Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno on forward and Brian Lee and Filip Kuba on defence. I’ll never forget that.”
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