The Alberta Convention has added an epic new addition in support of KidSport Calgary, so all kids can play the games they love. Headlined by intimate interviews with strong sports personalities, the convention closer on June 4 includes a sit-down lunch and a number of great items that could be yours in the name of charity. Show your generosity, and you might even get a chance to meet the guys.
You won’t hear the same old sports jargon here. Connect with these elite athletes as they let you in on their personal adventures and observations from years spent in the game of hockey and now in the grind of every-day life.
Born in Brazil and spending time in Indonesia as a toddler, the punishing shut-down defenceman has had a lifetime of experiences, both personal and professional.
Robyn Regehr’s hockey career included silver medals at the world juniors and world championships, an Olympic tournament and a World Cup of Hockey title. His NHL debut came just four months after breaking both legs in a car accident, but he carved out an incredible 15 seasons, including 11 as a Flame.
He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Los Angeles Kings in 2014, doing something his Flames team fell just one victory short of 10 years earlier. With his heart still connected to Calgary — where he now resides with his wife and two sons — Regehr signed a ceremonial contract to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames in 2016.
A hatred for Mike Babcock. A love for breaking deadline-day deals on Twitter. A famous head of sunset-red hair and a white bathrobe that went viral before viral was a thing.
Mike Commodore was part of the Flames’ magical run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004, with his bushy afro becoming a legendary piece of his lore. He spent just 38 games with the team over two seasons but it was the 20 playoff contests that left the lasting memories.
He went on to win the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, after the lockout, and further cemented his status as a man of the people thanks to his wardrobe choices and outspoken nature.
Not one to shy away from telling a good story, whether online or in person, the retired NHLer even took on the title of Uber driver to meet people.
Nobody will forget Martin Gelinas’ spring of 2004 when he became The Eliminator, tying the NHL record with three playoff series-clinching goals — including two in overtime — during the Flames' Stanley Cup run. Many will argue he scored four, but we won’t get into the details of the controversial Game 6 replay marathon in the final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
As a player, he was at his best when games mattered most. He was one of just a handful of NHLers to reach the Cup Final with four different teams over a 19-year career, winning it all with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990 and getting back to the title series in 1994, 2002 and ’04.
As a coach, he’s spent seven seasons behind the Flames bench as an assistant, trying to help the team get back into the later rounds. The charming product of Shawinigan, Quebec, has made Calgary home since 2002 when he first joined the Flames as a player but has plenty of tales to tell from his 1,273 games in the league.
Photo credit to Gerry Thomas/Calgary Flames