Vancouver Giants alumnus Brent Regner (Westlock, AB) is looking to add another championship ring to his collection.
The defenceman, who won a Memorial Cup with the Giants as a rookie in 2007, will take the ice tonight in Toronto with his Texas Stars teammates for Game 7 of the 2018 AHL Calder Cup Final.
Although he went undrafted in the WHL Bantam Draft, Regner suited up in one game for the G-Men as a 16-year-old during the 2005-06 season. Later that year he was named the AMHL’s Top Defenceman with the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.
The following season Regner suited up for 64 regular season games with the Giants, posting a goal and five assists along with 19 penalty minutes. He appeared in all 22 playoff games that season for Vancouver along with all five games of the Memorial Cup tournament which the Giants won on May May 27, 2007.
The following season, Regner suited up in all 72 games for the Giants during the regular season and finished second in team scoring among defenceman with eight goals and 39 assists. He added 10 assists through 10 playoff games. In June 2008 he was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fifth round (137th Overall) of the NHL Draft.
Regner’s final season in the WHL would prove to be the most successful individually as he finished second in scoring among all WHL defenceman with 15 goals, 52 assists and 67 points along with a staggering +65 rating. His +65 rating still remain as single-season records for Vancouver defencemen. He finished his WHL career with 24 goals, 96 assists, 120 points which ranks him fourth all-time amongst Giants defencemen.
Over the course of the next nine seasons, Regner’s professional career has taken him all throughout the American Hockey League. Regner has suited up in 547 career American Hockey League regular season games where he has compiled 41 goals, 168 assists and 209 points. He has captained three different teams (Chicago Wolves, Portland Pirates and Springfield Thunderbirds) and currently serves as an alternate captain with the Texas Stars. One of his career highlights undoubtedly came during the 2015-16 season when he played seven NHL games with the Florida Panthers.
This season with Texas, Regner matched his previous season high for points with 31. His 10 goals were also a career single-season best. Through 21 playoff games, Regner has registered a goal and 10 assists for 11 points while seeing top-end minutes in all situations.