Brent Regner was recently called up to join the Florida Panthers to play his first, second and third NHL games. He’s an extremely hardworking defenseman who leads by example and jumps in where he’s needed. Growing up in the cattle industry in Alberta, Canada, Brent and his brother and sister cleared off ice ponds on their farm to play hockey. He credits his very special wife Jessica for helping him balance parenting with playing hockey. The couple have a gorgeous little boy named Barrett who turns one this spring.
Regner says, “I love hockey and I love the game and I love farming so I’ll play hockey as long as I can and then hopefully I’ll get the farm.”
For now, he’s adding some solid play to the blue line in the Panthers organization.
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We shoveled off water holes. We call them dugouts. Basically people call them ice ponds but because they are for our animals at home, they’d freeze in the winter, I’d shovel them off and we’d go skate on those.
I think the world is changing in the way of especially farming. If that was an option to grow up and farm, which it probably would have been, awesome, but I’ve always got that to fall back on.
For my wife…they’re into the pork business. We’re in the cattle and we’re trying to get bigger and bigger and we’re doing pretty good. When you’re only me, my brother, basically my brother, my mom and dad, for eight months of the year, it gets pretty tough.
The first time I left home I was 16, but that was just to go play midgets. I was gone for half a year and then I went to Vancouver Junior hockey when I was 17 and that’s when I was basically gone for good. I got billets right away, very nice people, moved in, enjoyed my time there. It’s really different living under a new roof, when you’re so used to your parents, but I think it’s a big respect factor. These people are taking you in, you should be appreciative. It was great. I loved Vancouver we lived just on the outside, it was a great experience from west coast to east coast.
I got to go home every Christmas except for the last three years. It’s getting harder to go home now just because just too far away, I have my wife and son now, it’s a little bit harder to travel and breaks aren’t that long in pro hockey. In junior, the breaks are longer. It’s getting harder to go home now.
I’ve got a pretty special wife. She explained it to me one day. She said this is my job at home and you’ve a job to work on the ice. I help as much as I can when I come home from the rink. When I come home from the rink. At night, she likes to go to bed early but if I got up lots of times she’d just send me back and say you can’t feed him so I’d go back to bed. I’m pretty fortunate that way, I love to help but she’s kind of taken it on that that’s her job you don’t’ want to get in the way, little bit stubborn that way.
We’ve always been very good together cooking and stuff, I love cooking, I’ll feed him, he’s starting to eat food now. It’s quite fun. You always wonder why is it such a mess when people feed their kid, you sure figure it out fast, he’s whacking your hand, they’re smacking you. I try to do as much as I can around the house when I get home. She knows I need to relax and she needs to relax. That’s the biggest thing about living so far away from your families, especially at this stage of his life, you don’t really have a babysitter or you know your family to come over and help you. Date night would be nice once in a while but we make with what we have do.