The Calgary Flames shored up their blueline Thursday, agreeing to a five-year deal with defenceman Robyn Regehr.

Financial terms of the contract were not released.

The Rosthern, Sask., native recorded 12 assists and 87 penalty minutes in 76 games for the Flames in 2002-03

Regehr, a four-year NHL veteran, made just over $1 million US last season.

"He is a big, strong player, a good skater who is capable of playing against the opposition's best players," said Flames general manager Darryl Sutter.

"Along with Jarome Iginla, we are looking to Robyn to assume a leadership role on our team for years to come."

Regehr made an incredible physical comeback to make it to the NHL. He was involved in a 1999 car crash in which both of his legs were crushed.

The Colorado Avalanche drafted Regehr in the first round (19th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The Flames acquired him in the 1999 package deal that sent Theoren Fleury from Calgary to the Avs.

The 23-year-old Regehr has eight goals, 28 assists and 293 penalty minutes in 281 career NHL contests.

with files from Canadian Press