Flames lose Regehr to knee injury

Updated: September 29, 2005, 7:35 PM ET
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Calgary Flames: The Flames will have to begin their defense of the Western Conference championship without Robyn Regehr.

The Flames on Thursday announced Regehr suffered a sprained knee in Wednesday's preseason victory over the Edmonton Oilers and will be sidelined up to one month.

The 19th overall pick in the 1998 draft, Regehr suffered the injury in the waning moments of the latest "Battle of Alberta." The loss of Regehr, whose brother Richie was signed by the Flames as a free agent in July 2004, all but assures 2003 first-round pick Dion Phaneuf a spot on Calgary's roster to start the season.

Born in Brazil, the 25-year-old Regehr appeared in all 82 games for the Flames in 2003-04, recording four goals, 14 assists and 74 penalty minutes. A member of Canada's 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship team, he has 12 tallies and 54 points in 363 career games.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins forward Andre Roy has been suspended by the NHL for the first two games of the regular season for directing repeated inappropriate gestures toward Robin Gomez of the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game.

Roy was suspended for his actions in the Capitals' 3-2 win over Pittsburgh at Hershey, Pa., on Sept. 25.

He will miss games against New Jersey on Oct. 5 and Carolina on Oct. 7. Based on the annual average value of his contract, Roy forfeits $10,204.08 in salary. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Former goalie Roy to coach Remparts
Former NHL goalie Patrick Roy has taken over as coach of the Quebec Remparts, the junior hockey team he co-owns.

Roy, also the team's general manager, fired coach Eric Lavigne on Thursday after the Ramparts got off to a 1-4-0 start in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Lavigne coached the club since the 2002-03 season.

"I believe I can bring passion to the team and to its players," Roy said.

He will make his coaching debut Friday night against St. John's.

Roy, who turns 40 on Oct. 5, won four Stanley Cup championships and three Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goaltender in 19 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He retired in 2003 as the league's all-time winningest goalie with 551 regular season victories.