Regin reaches out to fellow Dane Eller

Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin has reached out to fellow Dane Lars Eller.

Regin reaches out to fellow Dane Eller
Nicklas Grossmann #8 of the Philadelphia Flyers pushes Peter Regin #13 of the Ottawa Senators at the Wells Fargo Center on March 2, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin has reached out to fellow Dane Lars Eller.
“I texted him last night,” said Regin, the Ottawa Senators centre who is on the sidelines, a member of the Black Aces at the start of the series against the Canadiens. “I haven’t heard back from him, which is understandable. Hopefully, he’s okay.”
Eller suffered a concussion and facial fractures following the controversial open ice hit from Senators defenceman Eric Gryba in the opening game of the series. Eller was taken off the ice on a stretcher and went to the hospital Thursday night. He has since been released, a development which Regin said was “good to hear.”
Regin says NHL players from Denmark are all quite familiar with each other.
“I played with him in a couple of world championships,” said Regin. “Denmark is a small country, well, the hockey in Denmark is small. There aren’t too many guys (in the NHL). We all know each other. Obviously, even though, it’s in the playoffs are you want to win at any price, it’s always tough to see anybody go down like that. I wish him the best.”
Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson says it was an unfortunate result for everyone involved.
“I think (Gryba) stepped up to hit the guy and you never want to see that happen and (Gryba) didn’t want that to happen, either,” he said. “It’s not fun for anybody. I feel bad for both the guys. I hope he feels (better). (Gryba) doesn’t feel good about it, either.”
Marc Methot says that while much of Gryba’s game is about being physical, he wasn’t head-hunting.
“He’s such a good kid,” said Methot. “I know he feels bad about what happened.”

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